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Thursday, January 30, 2014 50¢ daily Delphos, Ohio
Telling The Tri-County’s Story Since 1869
Jay grapplers falter in team duals,
‘No Child Sleeps Unprotected,’
Elida shovels aside ‘Blizzard Bags’— for now
Herald Correspondent
ELIDA — Elida Schools will
not use the calamity day program
“Blizzard Bags” — yet.
The basis of the program is to
permit students to do work either
during their time off or to make
up work from days off. Under the
conditions of the program, students
have two weeks from the date
taken off to complete the work.
The intent is to provide them work
that aligns and supports the work
they would be doing if they had
been in class. It can also be assign-
ments that include enrichment or
extension work.
Board member Jeff Christoff
addressed his fellow board school
board members about his reluctance
to approve the online program at a
special session Wednesday evening.
“It seems to me, this whole
process is incredibly rushed. I
have concerns for the students
that are home alone; this may be a
challenge to keep them on task to
do these assignments. Homework
is definitely different than the
lessons online or the hard copies
given in these ‘blizzard bags’,”
he said. “You are dumping these
responsibilities on people such
as grandparents, child care giver
and babysitters, basically, ask-
ing them to do the instruction
in a one-room schoolhouse.
What about students with special
needs? Also, the school bus driv-
ers and food service hourly work-
ers; there could be lost wages for
them. I feel this ‘Blizzard Bag’
concept needs a lot more time to
Superintendent Don Dilgia said
there were some concerns. Elida
has used 10 calamity days, twice
the number allowed by law, and is
already making up days on Feb.
17, April 17, April 21, May 30 and
June 2.
“There are upcoming high-
stakes OAA tests that have an
incredible impact on our school
report. Students and teachers
need more time to appropriately
and sufficiently prepare for these
tests in order for students to per-
form to the best of their ability,”
he said. “And, yes, it will affect
our hourly workers and we will
need to come up with a solution
to accommodate the lost wages,
such as they may come to work
and we would have work assign-
ments for them, make it up at the
end of the school year or take a
dock in hours.”
The Ohio Department of
Education has extended sign-up for
the “Blizzard Bags” program to
allow districts who have used all
their calamity days or will likely
use all of their days to apply for the
program even though the cut-off
date has long since passed.
Even though the measure wasn’t
passed, Diglia said the administra-
tion will continue to work with
the board and Elida Education
Association to complete the require-
ments of the application.
“We need to do this now, since
‘Blizzard Bag’ days may not be
used retroactively. We may apply
and qualify to bank up to three
days for future use. Given the
weather we have already expe-
rienced this winter, being able
to ‘bank’ days is vital,” Diglia
said. “The governor’s proposal
for additional calamity days is
out there but no formal action has
been taken. It would not be pru-
dent to just wait.”
With the lack of votes to approve
a resolution to move forward with
registration for the program, the
school board will meet in an addi-
tional special session Friday to dis-
cuss the option further.
Delphos Livestock
to meet Sunday
The Delphos Livestock
4-H Club will hold its first
meeting of 2014 at 2 p.m.
Sunday at St. John’s Annex.
Anyone 8 years old as of
Jan. 1 is eligible to join.
For more informa-
tion, contact Todd Gable
at 419-204-2974 or John
Noonan at 419-234-3143.
Pathfinders to
open year with
bowling party
Delphos Pathfinders will
start 2014 with a bowl-
ing party at the Delphos
Recreation Center on Feb. 9.
If interested in join-
ing the club, call Sue
Hempfling at 419-236-6420.
Cemetery board
meets Feb. 18
The annual meeting of
the Walnut Grove Cemetery
Association will be held at
1 p.m. Feb. 18 at the cem-
etery office, 9772 Ridge
Road, east of Delphos.
The purpose of the
meeting is to elect two
new trustees, review the
financial status of the asso-
ciation and conduct any
other business presented
by association members.
Mostly sunny
this morning
then becom-
ing partly
cloudy. Snow
with accumu-
lation around
one inch tonight. Highs in
the upper 20s and lows in
the lower 20s. See page 2.
Meet the 2014 Peony Queen Jubilee XXXIX contestants
Contestants for the 2014 Peony Pageant were introduced to the community Wednesday evening. Nine candi-
dates vying for the title of Queen Jubilee XXXIX will be, front from left, Chelsea Hancock of Crestview, Amberlyn
Miller of Lincolnview, Claire Gamble of Van Wert and Cheyenne Stant of Parkway; and back, Elizabeth Griffin of
Spencerville, Mackenzie Haney of Wayne Trace, Rachel Nicelley of Paulding and Victoria Suever of Jefferson. Not
present at the introduction was the candidate from Kalida, Yvonia Barnett. (Ed Gebert/Times Bulletin)
the Addams
Family to life
Times Bulletin Editor
VAN WERT — How does
an actor play a role that most
everyone in the audience is
already familiar with? For
Jesse Sharp, it’s a matter of
taking a little bit of the old and
adding his own twist. Sharp
will star as Gomez in “The
Addams Family” appearing
at the Niswonger Performing
Arts Center Friday evening.
“It’s a lot of fun. It’s chal-
lenging, first. People have high
expectations and I feel the need
to deliver. So I definitely did
my research and went back
and watched all the old TV epi-
sodes, went back and watched
the movie. I definitely bor-
rowed from those who played
the part before and sprinkled
it with a bit of my own con-
tribution to give the people a
version of the character they
know,” Sharp said.
The Addams Family began
as a series of single-panel
comic strips in 1938 in The
New Yorker magazine but
became best known as a situa-
tion-comedy in 1964 and three
movies in the early 1990s.
In 2010, a stage musical
opened on Broadway fea-
turing the macabre cast of
Addamses. The traveling cast
of that musical has been on the
road for more than a year.
Staff Writer
DELPHOS — With the
first semester under his belt,
Principal Adam Lee said it
has been fantastic working
with the staff, students, par-
ents and community mem-
bers and is looking forward
to developing St. John’s into
an excellent school allowing
students to succeed in every
Lee said the first chal-
lenge he faced was introduc-
ing himself to the staff.
“I wanted to get a feel for
their vision for St. John’s,”
Lee said.
Lee’s next goal was to
introduce himself to the stu-
“We took some time over
the first couple of weeks
to go over the handbook,
which was re-written and
streamlined,” Lee said. “We
explained expectations, Code
of Conduct and attendance
Lee also implemented
department meetings where
different departments — reli-
gion, math, science — meet
once a month to bounce ideas
off of each other, which ulti-
mately benefits students in
the classroom.
The school has just kicked
off its Zulama class, which is
a semester-long online pro-
gram engaging middle- and
high-school students in areas
of video game design, pro-
gramming, 3-D art and digi-
tal storytelling. Lee said there
are currently eight students
“I hope it turns into a class
that expands the student’s
learning base as they move on
through grade levels, higher
education and employment,”
Lee said enthusiastically.
Lee said another challenge
was time management and
balancing the role as assis-
tant football coach and prin-
cipal with home life. He said
the support from Coach Todd
Schulte, Principal Nathan Stant
and Father Dave Reinhart
helped him tremendously and
he wanted to extend a special
thank you to them.
“The entire staff at St.
John’s is amazing and each
member is dedicated to mak-
ing sure students succeed, “
he said excitedly. “My top
priority is providing the staff
with what they need to be
Lee says first semester ‘amazing’
See ADDAMS, page 10 See LEE, page 10
United Way goal in reach
Herald Editor
LIMA — The goal of helping more than
50,000 people in the 2013 United Way of
Greater Lima Campaign is within reach.
Board members and volunteers learned
Wednesday at a luncheon at the Lima Civic
Center the effort has raised an unofficial final
total of $1,827,000 with an additional $100,000
match expected for the final push of the cam-
paign, “Have a Heart Day,” which ends on Feb.
14. That figure equates to assisting 43,500 people.
Two of the three 2013 Campaign chairs were
in attendance: Kevin Creamer of Home Town
Stations and Matt Childers of Childers Media.
Jerry Lewis of McDonald’s was unable to attend.
The chairs noted the campaign leadership,
including Doris Neumeier of Union Bank Co. and
Alisha Reaman of Superior Federal Credit Union.
See GOAL, page 10
2013 United Way Campaign Chairs Matt Childers, left, and Kevin
Creamer were on hand Wednesday to discuss the year’s success.
(Delphos Herald/Nancy Spencer)
Today’s smile
Mycalah Jackson
Girls Basketball (6 p.m):
St. John’s at ML (MAC);
Pau. at Jefferson (NWC);
Spencerville at CV (NWC);
Lincolnview at LCC;
Kenton at Elida (WBL);
MC at Kalida (PCL); AE
at Col. Grove (NWC).
Boys Basketball (6 p.m.):
Jefferson at Pau. (NWC);
Kalida at Ottoville (PCL);
CV at Spencerville (NWC);
LCC at Lincolnview; Elida at
Kenton (WBL); Col. Grove
at AE (NWC); ML at St.
John’s (MAC), 6:30 p.m.
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TODAY: Mostly sunny in
the morning then becoming
mostly cloudy. Windy. Areas
of blowing and drifting snow
through the day. Highs in the
upper 20s. South winds 15 to
20 mph becoming 20 to 30 mph
in the afternoon. Wind chills 10
below to zero in the morning.
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Chance of snow 80 percent.
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Patrol’s Tpr.
Cook promoted
at Van Wert Post
Information submitted
Shawn D. Cook was pro-
moted to the rank of ser-
geant today by Col. Paul
A. Pride, Patrol superinten-
dent, during a ceremony at
the Patrol’s Academy. Sgt.
Cook will remain at his cur-
rent assignment at the Van
Wert Post to serve as an
assistant post commander.
Sgt. Cook began his
Patrol career in September
2003 as a member of the
141st Academy Class. He
earned his commission in
March of the following
year and was assigned to
the Defiance Post. In 2005,
he transferred to his most
recent assignment at the Van
Wert Post. Sgt. Cook earned
the Criminal Patrol Award
in 2006, 2007, 2008, 2011
and 2012; he was selected
as Post Trooper of the Year
in 2006, 2007 and 2010 and
Post and District Trooper of
the Year in 2011. In 2012,
he earned the Ace Award for
excellence in auto larceny
enforcement and he was
selected as Post, District
and State Trooper of the
The Ohio State Highway
Patrol is an internationally
accredited agency whose
mission is to protect life and
property, promote traffic
safety and provide profes-
sional public safety services
with respect, compassion
and unbiased professional-
Wheat $5.32
Corn $4.08
Soybeans $12.77
Organizations spread message
‘fans don’t let fans drive drunk’
Information submitted
GLANDORF — The Super Bowl is
one of America’s most highly-anticipated
sports events, when friends and family
gather in homes, bars and restaurants
to celebrate. As Super Bowl Sunday
approaches and football fans across the
country prepare for the game, the U.S.
Department of Transportation’s National
Highway Traffic Safety Administration
(NHTSA), along with the National
Football League (NFL) and Techniques
for Effective Alcohol Management
(TEAM) Coalition, are working togeth-
er with local highway safety and law
enforcement officials to spread the mes-
sage about designating a sober driver
on Super Bowl Sunday because – “Fans
Don’t Let Fans Drive Drunk.”
“Before choosing to drink, choose a
sober designated driver. Avoid any kind
of penalty of driving drunk by handing
off your keys so that you, your passen-
gers and everyone on our roads can safe-
ly arrive home,” said Anita Stechschulte,
Putnam County EMS Chief and Safe
Communities Coalition Member. “Drunk
driving is always preventable and driv-
ing drunk could result in seriously injur-
ing or killing yourself or someone else.
Motorists can expect local law enforce-
ment agencies to have a visible presence
and to stop anyone who makes the dan-
gerous decision to drink and drive.”
According to NHTSA, in 2011, 9,878
people were killed in alcohol-impaired-
driving crashes. These crashes were 31
percent more likely to occur on weekends
than on weekdays.
Whether attending the game, watch-
ing at a bar or hosting a party, NHTSA,
TEAM Coalition, the NFL and Putnam
County Safe Community Coalition
reminds everyone that Fans Don’t Let
Fans Drive Drunk. Before choosing to
drink, choose your team’s MVP – a sober
designated driver. NHTSA and local offi-
cials are offering these additional safety
If you’re attending a Super Bowl party
or watching the game at a sports bar or
• Designate your sober driver, or plan
another way to get home safely before
the party begins.
• If you don’t have a designated driver,
then ask a sober friend for a ride home;
call a cab, friend, or family member to
come and get you; or just stay for the
• Never let friends drive if they have
had too much to drink.
If you’re hosting a Super Bowl party:
• Make sure all your guests designate
a sober driver in advance, or arrange for
alternate transportation to ensure they
get home safely.
• Serve food and include non-alcohol-
ic beverages at the party.
• Stop serving alcohol at the end of the
third quarter of the game and begin serv-
ing coffee and dessert.
• Take the keys away from anyone who
has had too much to drink.
And remember, your seat belt is your
best defense against a drunk driver in a
For more information, please visit
A girl was born Jan. 28 to
Tara and Joseph Lafferty of
MCKOWEN, Elizabeth
“Betty” Jane, 84, of Delphos,
Mass of Christian Burial will
begin at 11 a.m. today at St.
John the Evangelist Catholic
Church. Burial will fol-
low in St. John’s Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may
be made to the Delphos
Canal Commission, American
Cancer Society or The Bridge
Hospice Care Center and
because of her love of shoes,
bring a pair of shoes to donate
to those who are in need.
Online condolences may be
shared at www.strayerfuneral-
PAULLUS, I. Jean, of Van
Wert, the family will receive
visitors from 1-2 p.m. Friday
at Brickner Funeral Home.
Memorials may be made to
the Van Wert Civic Theater.
Condolences may be left at
com or sent to bricknerfuner-
One Year Ago
The Lima B.P.O.E. Lodge 54 has
named Corinne Ellen Metzger as its
“Student of the Month” for December.
She was presented a certificate of recog-
nition and a check for $100. Metzger is a
senior at Jefferson High School and the
daughter of Dale and Teresa Metzger.
25 Years Ago – 1989
Not many athletes come away with
the prize won by 6-4 Blue Jay cen-
ter Steve Jettinghoff during Saturday’s
basketball encounter with the Dayton
Jefferson Broncos. Jettinghoff broke the
school scoring record of 45 points held
by Jack Kill and the game record for
any basketball player on the Blue Jay
court of 50 points held by Bath’s Jim
Andrews. Jettinghoff cut loose with 52
markers on 20 field goals and nine free
throws. The Blue Jays had a 100-87 win
over the Broncos.
Carole Wiechart, a sixth-grade
student at Fort Jennings Elementary
School, received a book and inflatable
globe from her teacher, Shellie Wurst,
for winning the school’s geography bee.
Carole will not take a written test. The
top 100 scorers will be eligible for sta-
tion competition in April. State winners
will advance to national competition.
The Jefferson Lady Wildcats, behind
Laura Schmelzer’s triple-double, beat
an aggressive Ottoville Big Green team
60-47 Saturday afternoon to raise their
record to 13-3 overall. A 19-point,
14-rebound and 13-blocked shot effort
from Schmelzer, led the ’Cats, who were
forced to play without the services of
starting center Cheryl Kortokrax who
was out with an illness.
50 Years Ago – 1964
Mrs. Ed. Gable was installed as Most
Excellent Chief of Crescent Temple No.
50, Pythian Sisters, during a meeting of
the Temple Tuesday evening in the K of
P Hall. Also installed were Jean Redd,
excellent senior; Mrs. Winfred Teman,
excellent junior; Juanita Miller, manag-
er; Margaret Peltier, secretary; Mrs. Fred
Kiggins, treasurer; Mrs. Ben Teman,
outer guard; Mrs. Don Bowersock, pro-
tector; Margaret Wein, musician; and
Mrs. Don Miller, past chief.
Mrs. Richard Schmelzer was host-
ess to the members of Martha Circle
of Trinity Methodist Church Tuesday
evening. After a routine business ses-
sion, Mrs. Wilcox gave the lesson. Mrs.
Rollin Weaver and Mrs. Harold Krutsch
assisted. At the conclusion of the eve-
ning, refreshments were served by the
hostess assisted by Mrs. Gene Buettner.
Fort Jennings annual Mardi Gras,
sponsored by the Altar-Rosary Society
of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, will
be held Feb. 8 in Memorial Hall. Art
Becker and his Muntanna Ramblers will
furnish music for both round and square
dancing. Refreshments will be served
throughout the evening and “Bobo” the
clown will be an added attraction.
75 Years Ago – 1939
An arrangement has been completed
by Mrs. Harvey Eickholt and Rose Fast
by which the room on the second floor
of the Schwartzengraber building above
the King and Stallkamp Drugstore will
be used for three lines of business.
Mrs. Fast will continue to conduct the
Vogue Hat Shop in the front part of this
room. In the rear part will be located the
Margie Beauty Shoppe, which is being
moved to that place from its old loca-
tion on East Third Street. Mrs. Eickholt
plans later to install a dress shop in this
St. John’s won and lost in their con-
tests with Lima St. John’s forces at St.
John’s auditorium Sunday afternoon.
The Blue and Gold Varsity won by a
score of 31 to 15 and the Best Evers
were nosed out 16 to 17. The third
quarter was the best quarter of the game
from the local standpoint. In this peri-
od, they scored 13 points: a field goal
each by Huysman, Ditto and Grewe
and three fielders and a free throw by
A delegation of Delphos Old
Fellows will go to Lima Wednesday
evening to attend a district meeting.
Delegations will also be present from
Kenton, Marion, Van Wert, St. Johns,
Celina, Bluffton, Dayton, St. Marys,
Wapakoneta, Cridersville, Elida, Cairo,
Spencerville and Ottawa. Grand Master
I. W. Jones of Mt. Vernon will be the
guest of honor.
Associated Press
Today is Thursday, Jan. 30, the 30th day of
2014. There are 335 days left in the year.
Today’s Highlight in History:
On Jan. 30, 1964, the United States
launched Ranger 6, an unmanned spacecraft
carrying television cameras that crash-landed
on the moon, but failed to send back images.
On this date:
In 1649, England’s King Charles I was
executed for treason.
In 1862, the ironclad USS Monitor was
launched from the Continental Iron Works in
Greenpoint, N.Y., during the Civil War.
In 1882, the 32nd president of the United
States, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, was born
in Hyde Park, N.Y.
In 1933, Adolf Hitler became chancellor
of Germany. The first episode of the “Lone
Ranger” radio program was broadcast on sta-
tion WXYZ in Detroit.
In 1939, the U.S. Supreme Court, in
Tennessee Electric Power Co. v. Tennessee
Valley Authority, upheld the right of the
federally-owned TVA to compete with private
In 1948, Indian political and spiritual lead-
er Mohandas K. Gandhi, 78, was shot and
killed in New Delhi by Nathuram Godse, a
Hindu extremist. (Godse and a co-conspirator
were later executed.)
In 1962, two members of “The Flying
Wallendas” high-wire act were killed when
their seven-person pyramid collapsed during
a performance at the State Fair Coliseum in
In 1968, the Tet Offensive began during the
Vietnam War as Communist forces launched
surprise attacks against South Vietnamese
provincial capitals.
In 1972, 13 Roman Catholic civil rights
marchers were shot to death by British sol-
diers in Northern Ireland on what became
known as “Bloody Sunday.”
In 1974, President Richard Nixon delivered
what would be his last State of the Union
address; Nixon pledged to rein in rising prices
without the “harsh medicine of recession” and
establish a national health care plan that every
American could afford.
In 1981, an estimated 2 million New
Yorkers turned out for a ticker-tape parade
honoring the freed American hostages from
In 1993, Los Angeles inaugurated its Metro
Red Line, the city’s first modern subway.
Ten years ago: Former French Prime
Minister Alain Juppe was found guilty in
connection with a party financing scandal and
declared ineligible for public office for 10
years (later reduced to one year on appeal).
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Know the signs of
STROKE and act
Delphos st. John’s schools
Catholic school students, faculty and alumni
know the importance of an education that includes
academics, service and especially faith.
Each day we strive to deepen our faith, grow in our academics
and help others around us. Join us this week, and all year long,
as we celebrate that St. John’s, and all Catholic Schools are
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ongoing effort to
Wednesday, February 5th
2:00 p.m. till ??.
Coins, Currency and Collectibles
238 North Main.
Bring your concerns with resolution and all the positive
things we can do. There are no bad ideas.
This is the frst step hopefully in a lengthy process to
enhance our downtown. It is truly however an effort
that will require a lot of “foot soldiers”.
The tentative agenda for the meeting is posted at
ccc.mybigcommerce.com or you can stop by the store
and pick up a copy.
Refreshments will be served.
An RSVP would be appreciated for planning purposes.
You may call me at
419-692-1888 or email me at
to let us know if you will be there.
Written comments would also be appreciated
if you cannot attend.
See ya there, Bruce Maag
Thursday, January 30, 2014 The Herald – 3
Fire departments taking donations
for No Child Sleeps Unprotected
DHI Correspondent
VAN WERT - Van Wert County Firefighters
have come together to raise money for the
No Child Sleeps Unprotected program. This
program will purchase approximately 4,500
smoke alarms, equipped with a 10-year bat-
tery life, for all children and young adults in
grades K-12 in Van Wert County. This pur-
chase will be done entirely on donated funds
and approximately $60,000 will need to be
raised to give a smoke detector to every child
in the county.
“It is the first time that the county chiefs
have done anything of this magnitude but it
is probably the most important thing we have
done,” said Van Wert City Fire Chief Jim
Steele. “It is one way to directly impact life
safety. All of us have been impacted by fire
fatalities some time or another and in some
parts of the county, it has been too frequent.
Once is too frequent but there are some areas
that have lost four or five people in three
years. We want to prevent this from happen-
Van Wert County Fire Chiefs meet on a
monthly basis to talk about common problems
and common solutions; together they came
up with a program that would make a life-
saving difference in each of their jurisdictions.
Similar programs are currently being run in
the Northeast.
“I think this is a great opportunity for the
villages, city and county to come together and
work for one common goal,” said Convoy
Fire Chief Gary Kreischer. “In my career, I
have been involved in three fatalities involv-
ing children and in two of these situations,
there were no smoke detectors in the house.”
One issue seen in many fatalities is that
homes have a smoke detector but it does not
work. The vast majority of homes visited by
local fire departments have detectors that are
out of date or have batteries that have been
removed. That is why the local chiefs felt it
was important to purchase detectors that have
a 10-year battery life, the same life span of
the detector itself. Also, these batteries cannot
be removed.
“A parent’s biggest thing is to protect
their child but we often overlook the obvi-
ous sometimes,” said Ohio City Fire Chief
Brandon Bowen. “It is a very small thing but
is overlooked more than it should be; $60,000
to save one person’s life is worth it because
you can’t put a price on a life.”
In 2008, Ohio had 184 people die in
residential fires and only 19 percent of these
homes had a working smoke alarm. Seventy-
three percent of smoke alarms that did not
operate at the time of a residential fire had
either a dead or missing battery. An opera-
tional smoke alarm will increase survivability
to 50 percent and decrease damage by a fire in
a resident by 92 percent.
No Child Sleeps Unprotected has teamed
up with Van Wert Fire Equipment to receive
a competitive price on the smoke detectors
to make this program possible. According to
Steele, the program will live or die on the
individual person and their donations. If every
person in the county donated $2.50, the pro-
gram would be completely funded.
All funds donated will be handled by
the Van Wert County Foundation, who also
donated $2,000 to seed the project. Donations
can be mailed to Van Wert County Foundation
at 138 E. Main St., Van Wert, OH 45891.
Checks should be made out to County Smoke
Detector Fund. The foundation was chosen
because it encompasses the entire county. The
ultimate goal is for this program to become
self-sustaining and have the funds remain in
place to give every incoming kindergartner a
smoke alarm in years to come.
“We have had a lot of fatalities over the
last 10-15 years in our territory, many of
which were children,” said Wren Fire Chief
Jackie Brandt. “By putting these in the home
of the children, you are protecting many more
people than just the children. It is a large proj-
ect and a large undertaking but I think we can
raise the funds.”
Each year, there are an estimated 405,000
fires in residential structures which cause
nearly 3,600 fatalities, 18,600 injuries and
$4.7 billion in property loss. Given the enor-
mity of the United States fire problem, depart-
ments are constantly seeking programs, such
as No Child Sleeps Unprotected, that will
reduce the number of lives lost and property
destroyed by fire.
“A lot of these deaths can be prevented,”
said Willshire Fire Chief Dwight Sheets.
“This is one of the best projects we have
ever come up with in the county and I hope
the residents and corporate people will come
together and support us to help save a lot of
The local departments will be responsible
for distributing the smoke detectors to the
schools and their children. Chiefs hope to
have all detectors purchased and delivered by
October during Fire Prevention Week. All kids
living in Van Wert County are eligible, even
if their school district is outside of the county.
“This is the cheapest thing you can do to
help save a life,” said Middle Point Fire Chief
Craig King. “Children are getting a night
watchman for 10 years and 24/7 because that
thing never sleeps.”
Departments will be available to install
smoke detectors brought home by their chil-
dren. King noted that a detector doesn’t do
any good on a shelf which has been the case in
several fatal fires covered by the department.
“I don’t think anyone goes to bed and
thinks about having a fire,” concluded Steele.
“Hindsight is always 20/20 and I want to give
them foresight with this.”
Tips for those waiting to receive
proof of insurance coverage
Information submitted
COLUMBUS — Complications with the federal
health insurance exchanges have created challenges
for some consumers who have not yet received
proof of their insurance coverage. As a result, many
consumers are unsure if their medical treatments
are covered and are unable to provide their proof of
“Since open enrollment began on Oct. 1 the fed-
eral exchange has struggled to process applications
and enroll consumers in coverage,” Ohio Lieutenant
Governor and Department of Insurance Director
Mary Taylor said. “These delays are making it more
difficult and confusing for consumers to use the
health insurance plans they have purchased through
the federal exchange.”
If you recently purchased a plan, but still haven’t
received proof of insurance from your insurance com-
pany, Taylor offers these tips.
Contact the Company
The first thing you should do is contact your insur-
ance company to verify that you do have insurance
coverage. Ask your insurance company for proof of
coverage, such as an insurance card or identification
numbers. Take detailed notes of conversations and
include the representatives names, and date and time
they took place. Keep copies of written communica-
tion you received from your insurance company such
as emails or letters. You may need these materials
You should also verify that you have paid your
first premium on time. Some insurers have permitted
late payments for coverage that is retroactively effec-
tive to Jan. 1. Ask your insurer for their deadline and
keep any records that can serve as proof of payment.
If you are about to buy coverage from the federal
exchange, print any paperwork or confirmations that
you receive during the enrollment process.
Payment Options
You may need to get a prescription filled or see
your doctor before you receive your insurance card.
Your provider (hospital, doctor, pharmacy) may
be able to verify your coverage by contacting your
insurer directly. If verification of coverage cannot be
obtained, you still have options. One option is to pay
for expenses out of pocket.
Once your insurance coverage is effective, your
insurance company should reimburse you to the
extent that the service or medication is covered under
your policy. You may also be able to work with your
doctor’s office, hospital or pharmacy to delay pay-
ment or set up a payment plan until they can verify
that you’re insured.
Keep your receipts and any bank statements that
show that you’ve paid for the services.
Contact the Ohio Department of Insurance
If you are still having difficulty obtaining proof
of coverage from your insurance company, call the
Ohio Department of Insurance consumer hotline at
1-800-686-1526 for assistance. Insurance informa-
tion is available at www.insurance.ohio.gov. You can
follow the Department on twitter @OHInsurance and
on Facebook.
More than 54,000
Ohioans apply
online for Medicaid
officials say they’ve received
more than 54,000 applications
from people seeking Medicaid
health coverage through a new
state website.
Of those submitted, Ohio
Medicaid says more than
20,000 applications had
been approved as of Jan. 22.
Almost 4,000 applications
were denied.
The online enrollment
option became available in
December to eligible low-
income families, along with
individuals who fell under an
expansion of the federal-state
program for the poor and dis-
abled. County caseworkers
are helping to finalize most of
the initial online applications.
It wasn’t immediately
known how many applications
came from those who are newly
eligible under the Medicaid
extension. The state expects
to have those figures in mid-
Gov. John Kasich’s admin-
istration moved forward with
expanding Medicaid last fall.
Coverage took effect Jan. 1.
Bill adds
athletic clubs to
gym waiver list
Ohio bill would let school
boards decide what athletic
club activities would excuse
high school students from
physical education require-
Current law gives dis-
tricts and chartered, nonpub-
lic schools the authority to
excuse students who partici-
pate in interscholastic athlet-
ics, marching band, or cheer-
leading for at least two full
seasons, or Junior ROTC for
two full school years.
The measure would add
participation in a school-spon-
sored athletic club to the list
of waivers.
The House passed the bill
on an 82-9 vote Wednesday.
It now goes to the Senate for
The bill sponsors say high
school students participate
in various kinds of activities
that require a commitment to
physical activity, yet they do
not meet the current guidelines
to exempt them from physical
education requirements.
Plan to allow
more calamity
days clears panel
proposal to let school dis-
tricts take up to four addi-
tional weather-related days off
this year has cleared an Ohio
House committee.
The House Education
Committee voted 16-2 in favor
of the proposal Wednesday. It
would still need approval from
the full House and Senate.
Republican Gov. John
Kasich has advocated for add-
ing extra calamity days on a
one-time basis because of this
year’s unusually severe weath-
er, including the deep freeze
that canceled classes in many
districts early this week.
Many schools have exhaust-
ed their five allowable days off
for snow or bad weather, mean-
ing they would have to extend
the school year with makeup
days. Kasich has said that could
“wreak havoc” on school bud-
gets and schedules.
State issuing fewer
replacement food
stamp cards
number of replacement food
stamp cards issued by the state
of Ohio is down — meaning
fewer were lost, stolen and
used fraudulently.
State data show Ohio
issued 327,908 replacement
electronic benefit cards in
2013, down 8 percent from
2012. During that period,
participation in the program
Food stamp benefits
are uploaded monthly on
Electronic Benefit Transfer
cards, which are similar to
debit cards and require a per-
sonal identification number.
‘Starting Right’ offered at
Business Enterprise Center
Information submitted
VAN WERT — Successfully launch your new business
by completing the “Starting Right” class developed by the
Business Enterprise Center at Wright State. This two-hour
class delivers much of the basic information necessary for
successful business ownership.
Each participant receives a “Starting Right” packet,
including legal, record-keeping, tax and general business
information. A business plan questionnaire and cash flow
projection worksheet is also included. During the class, a
business counselor provides an overview of the information
as well as instruction on the basics of business ownership.
Cost of the class is $35 per business payable the night of
the class.
Those attending the class are not expected to complete
all of the paperwork on their own. A business counselor is
available to offer guidance through this process and answer
questions as necessary. Personal business counseling services
are free and no limit is placed on the number of appointments.
Business counselors tackle problems such as business financ-
ing for start-ups, expansions, acquisitions, business manage-
ment issues, tax and record-keeping issues, etc.
The class meets in the Van Wert Business Enterprise
Center at 147 E. Main St. from 6:30-8:30 p.m. tonight. You
can register by calling either the Business Enterprise Center
at Wright State 419-586-0355 or the Van Wert Economic
Development Office 419-238-2999.
4 – The Herald Thursday, January 30, 2014
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retirement. That’s why contributing to your
Individual Retirement Account (IRA) is so important.
Fortunately, you still have time to maximize your
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Lowe’s Companies Inc. 45.97 -0.99
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Quotes of local interest supplied by
Close of business January 29, 2014
Ag Educator
Putnam County
Growers interested in cover crops and soil health
can view a live broadcast of the National Conference
on Cover Crops and Soil Health from 9 a.m.-12:30
p.m. Feb. 18 at several Ohio locations, including the
OSU Hancock County Extension meeting room at 7868
County Road 140 in Findlay, said Alan Sundermeier,
an OSU Extension educator who helped organize the
nationwide viewing.
The broadcast will feature a panel discussion of farm-
ers, including David Brandt, a Carroll farmer who works
with OSU Extension to host classes, presentations and
workshops at his farm on several agronomic subjects.
These include conservation tillage methods, cover crops
and soil health, Sundermeier said.
The local viewings will allow farmers who aren’t
able to attend the national cover crops convention
next month in Omaha, Neb., to hear from national
experts and to participate in discussions on cover crops
and soil health specific to the needs of local farmers,
Sundermeier said.
“We’ve been doing cover crop education for a while
and this will allow farmers a chance to interact on a
national level with USDA and other farmers from across
the county to get their perspective on cover crops,” he
said. “The local broadcasts will have facilitated discus-
sions at each location to help people fine-tune their
cover crop management in local areas.”
Local broadcasts, which are free and open to the
public, will also be shown at U.S. Department of
Agriculture Natural Resources Conservation Service
(NRCS) offices, including the Mercer County Soil and
Water Office at 220 West Livingston St. in Celina.
The national conference and the local forums are
jointly funded by the Sustainable Agriculture Research
and Education program and the Howard G. Buffett
Foundation, with planning support from NRCS, the
Midwest Cover Crops Council and the Soil and Water
Conservation Society.
For more information about the Cover Crops and Soil
Health Forums and a list of forum locations, visit http://
www.SARE.org/covercropconference. For more infor-
mation on the local broadcasts, contact Sundermeier at
419-354-9050 or sundermeier.5@osu.edu.
“Healthy soil, we know one when we see one” -
Dwayne Beck, Shaun Casteel and Emerson Nafziger
headline the Conservation Tillage and Technology
Conference March 4-5. The annual CTC is taking shape
with over 60 speakers.
The event will be held at Ohio Northern University
in Ada. Previous recipients have been email or mailed
information about this conference, which attracted over
900 participants this past year.
Full program information can be found at www.ctc.
osu.edu. Registration is $65 per day or $85 for two days.
Late registration after Feb. 21 is $80 for one day and
$105 for two days. Certified Crop Advisor credits are
“Starlings!” – From Stan Smith, PA, Fairfield County,
OSU Extension - With the prolonged spell of cold plus
snow cover across Ohio, starlings and similar pests are
once again a problem on livestock farms. Nuisance
birds are particularly troublesome on farms which have
exposed feed in feeders and bunks that these pests
can easily get to. Not only can these birds carry and
transmit disease but they consume expensive feed. As
Steve Boyles described in this publication last year, an
average starling weighing 85 g can consume over two
pounds of feed in a 30-day period. Commonly seeing
1,000 or more starlings at a feed bunk in the kind of
weather we are experiencing, that’s more than a ton of
feed lost to birds in only a month’s time! To continue
reading this and other beef articles, go to http://beef.osu.
Cold Weather Tips: With Arctic air setting in, here
are some crucial pet and livestock tips from Clemson
• Hypothermia and dehydration are the two most
probable life-threatening conditions for animals in cold
• Wet conditions and wind chill add greatly to the
cold-stress for animals (and people).
• Pets should be brought inside or into protected cov-
ered areas, provided with plenty of bedding and food
and drinking water.
• Livestock should be provided with wind-break
and roof shelter and monitored for signs of discomfort
(extensive shivering, weakness, lethargy, etc.)
• It is very important that livestock be provided extra
hay/forage/feed as up to double the calories for normal
body heat maintenance may be needed in extreme cold.
• It is critical that animals have access to drinking
water. Usual water sources may freeze solid in low tem-
peratures and dehydration becomes a life-threatening
• Special attention should be paid to very young and
old animals. They may be less able to tolerate tempera-
ture extremes and have weaker immune systems.
Allen County
Cattlemen’s Association
scholarships available
Information submitted
Scholarships will be award-
ed at the Allen County
Cattlemen Banquet to be
held at the Delphos Eagles
at 5:30 p.m. Feb. 23.
Tickets for the banquet
are available from any
Cattlemen Director or at the
Allen County Fairgrounds.
Scholarship applica-
tions are available at the
Allen County Fairgrounds.
Deadline is Feb. 14. Office
hours 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
OFBF responds
to House Passage
of Farm Bill
Information submitted
House of Representatives
passed the farm bill
Wednesday and John C. (Jack)
Fisher, executive vice presi-
dent of Ohio Farm Bureau
Federation, responded with
this statement:
“Today, the U.S. House of
Representatives passed legis-
lation that benefits all Ohioans
by ensuring food and farm
security for both consumers
and farmers. The farm bill
demonstrates fiscal responsi-
bility, provides a needed safe-
ty net for farmers, protects
important nutrition and food
access programs and provides
resources to help farmers pro-
tect the environment.
“We would like to thank
House agriculture committee
members Reps. Marcia Fudge
and Bob Gibbs for their lead-
ership in addition to all of
Ohio’s House members who
voted in favor of this impor-
tant legislation.
“We now ask members of
the Senate to also pass this
farm bill agreement when
it comes to them early next
week. We appreciate Senate
Agriculture Committee mem-
ber Sherrod Brown’s leader-
ship in advocating for passing
the farm bill in the Senate and
for his work on the conference
Farm bill passes House after years of disagreement
WASHINGTON (AP) — After years of setbacks,
a nearly $100 billion-a-year compromise farm bill
cleared the House on Wednesday despite strong oppo-
sition from conservatives who sought a bigger cut in
food stamps.
The five-year bill, which preserves generous crop
subsidies, heads to the Senate, where approval seems
certain. The White House said President Barack
Obama would sign it.
The measure, which the House approved 251-166,
had backing from the Republican leadership team,
even though it makes smaller cuts to food stamps than
they would have liked. After wavering for several
years, the GOP leaders were seeking to put the long-
stalled bill behind them and build on the success of a
bipartisan budget passed earlier this month. Leaders
in both parties also were hoping to bolster rural can-
didates in this year’s midterm elections.
House Speaker John Boehner did not cast a vote
on the bill, a commonplace practice for a speaker, but
he had issued a statement Monday saying it was “wor-
thy of the House’s support.” Minority Leader Nancy
Pelosi, D-Calif., voted for the bill despite concerns
from some in her caucus that the bill cut too much
from the food stamp program.
The bill ultimately would cut about $800 million
a year from the $80 billion-a-year food stamp pro-
gram, or around 1 percent. The House had sought a
5 percent cut.
The legislation also would continue to heavily
subsidize major crops for the nation’s farmers while
eliminating some subsidies and shifting them toward
more politically defensible insurance programs.
House Agriculture Chairman Frank Lucas,
R-Okla., called the compromise a “miracle” after
trying to get the bill passed for almost three years. An
early version of the legislation was defeated on the
House floor last June after conservatives said the food
stamp cuts were too modest and liberal Democrats
said they were too deep.
The House later passed a bill with a higher, $4
billion cut, arguing at the time that the program had
spiraled out of control after costs doubled in the last
five years. But cuts that high were ultimately not
possible after the Senate balked and the White House
threatened a veto. The Senate had sought a cut of
$400 million annually.
Many House conservatives still voted against the
bill — 63 Republicans opposed it, one more than in
One of those conservative opponents was Rep.
Marlin Stutzman, R-Ind. “It spends money we simply
don’t have,” he said.
But 89 Democrats supported it, bolstered by the
lower cut in food stamps. The top Democrat on the
agriculture panel, Minnesota Rep. Collin Peterson,
said he also enticed some of his colleagues with more
money for fruit, vegetable and organic programs.
The final savings in the food stamp program would
come from cracking down on some states that seek to
boost individual food stamp benefits by giving people
small amounts of federal heating assistance that they
don’t need. That heating assistance, sometimes as
low as $1 per person, triggers higher benefits, and
some critics see that practice as circumventing the
law. The compromise bill would require states to give
individual recipients at least $20 in heating assistance
before a higher food stamp benefit could kick in.
Some Democrats said the food stamp cut still is
too high.
Rep. Jim McGovern of Massachusetts, one of
the states that have boosted benefits through heat-
ing assistance, said the cut will be harmful on top
of automatic food stamp cuts that went into place in
“I don’t know where they are going to make that
up,” McGovern said.
To pass the bill, Lucas and his Senate coun-
terpart, Democratic Sen. Debbie Stabenow of
Michigan, found ways to bring many potential
naysayers on board. They spent more than two
years crafting the bill to appeal to members from
all regions of the country. They included a boost in
money for crop insurance popular in the Midwest;
higher rice and peanut subsidies for Southern
farmers; and renewal of federal land payments for
Western states.
They also backed away from repealing a cat-
fish program — a move that would have angered
Mississippi lawmakers — and dropped House lan-
guage that would have thwarted a California law
requiring all eggs sold in the state to come from
hens living in larger cages. Striking out that provi-
sion was a priority for California lawmakers who
did not want to see the state law changed.
For those seeking reform of farm programs, the
legislation would eliminate a $4.5 billion-a-year
farm subsidy called direct payments, which are
paid to farmers whether they farm or not. But the
bill nonetheless would continue to heavily subsi-
dize major crops — corn, soybeans, wheat, rice
and cotton — while shifting many of those subsi-
dies toward more politically defensible insurance
programs. That means farmers would have to incur
losses before they could get a payout.
The almost $100 billion-a-year bill would save
around $1.65 billion annually overall, according to
the Congressional Budget Office. The amount was
less than the $2.3 billion annual savings the agri-
culture committees originally projected for the bill.
An aide to Lucas said the difference was due
to how the CBO calculated budget savings from
recent automatic across-the-board spending cuts,
known as sequestration.
Nationwide viewing of cover crop conference available
What’s in
the farm bill
The compromise farm bill
passed Wednesday by the
House sets policy for food
stamps and farm programs. The
bill would cut food stamps by
around $800 million a year and
continue generous farm subsi-
dies. Some of what’s in the bill:
— Test programs in 10
states that would allow new
work requirements for food
stamp recipients.
— A prohibition on lot-
tery winners, convicted sex
offenders and murderers from
receiving food stamps.
— The end of so-called direct
payments, government subsidies
paid to farmers whether they
farm or not. The payments now
cost around $4.5 billion a year.
— A new revenue insurance
subsidy that would pay farmers
in the event of “shallow loss-
es,” or revenue losses incurred
before their paid crop insurance
kicks in. That program might
kick in sooner than previously
thought as some crop prices
have dropped in recent months.
— A separate subsidy program
would trigger payments when
crop prices drop. This is similar to
current subsidies, though the new
programs would kick in sooner,
especially for rice and peanut pro-
ducers. Producers would have to
choose between these subsidies or
the revenue insurance.
— Stricter limits on how much
money an individual farmer can
receive — $125,000 annually
on all payments and loans, when
some were previously unrestrict-
ed. The agreement is less strict
than either the House or Senate
bills, which had put limits on how
much a farmer could receive from
individual programs. Language
that would limit how many people
in a farm operation may receive
such payments was also passed
by both chambers but taken out of
the compromise bill, which would
kick the issue to the Agriculture
Dairy farmers
welcome farm bill’s
subsidy overhaul
Farmers expressed relief this
week that a long fight over feder-
al dairy subsidies had ended with
an overhaul that most thought
would be fair and effective in
keeping farms from going under
during hard times.
The dairy fight largely cen-
tered on a provision that sought
to limit milk production when
there was excess. Some dairy
farmers said they needed a way
to balance supply and demand so
they could get a reasonable price
for milk and stay in business.
But opponents — includ-
ing U.S. House Speaker John
Boehner — said it worked
against a free market. Wisconsin
cheesemakers, the Greek yogurt
industry in New York and other
dairy processors said the provi-
sion would hamper their ability
to get the milk they need to grow
their businesses.
The issue was unlikely to
affect consumer prices, but
some farm groups accused
processors of wanting to keep
milk prices low for their own
Instead of limiting milk
production, the compromise
legislation restricts farm-
ers’ ability to buy subsidized
insurance to cover their losses
if they produce too much milk
and cause prices to plummet.
Farmers, who had been
divided over the production
limits known as supply man-
agement, said the new legisla-
tion wasn’t perfect, but it was
reasonable. They also said its
passage would help bring sta-
bility to an industry rocked by
volatile prices, drought and
uncertainty after the previ-
ous farm bill expired in 2012.
Lawmakers unable to agree on
a bill passed a short extension
last year.
“Once you know the rules
of engagement, once you have
something … it allows you
to do business,” said Dean
Strauss, a 42-year-old farm-
er who milks 1,900 cows in
Sheboygan Falls, Wis.
Strauss and some other
Wisconsin farmers had
opposed supply management,
worrying that limits triggered
by a national milk glut would
hurt their efforts to expand
production to meet demand
from Wisconsin cheesemak-
ers. Dairy processors here
already buy some milk from
other states because they can’t
get enough locally, and the
Wisconsin Dairy Business
Association lobbied heavily
against production limits.
“We wanted a free market,
which is what a lot of farmers
want,” Strauss said. “Let us
do our thing, and we’ll do it.
We’re good at it.”
Even farmers opposed to
supply management agreed
reform was needed after 2009,
when low milk prices and high
feed costs squeezed many out
of business. Existing programs
did little to help, while fostering
what many farmers said was a
misperception that they were
receiving taxpayer money they
didn’t need.
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Lehmkuhle brings
home gold, silver
Local gymnast Gabby Lehmkuhle from Flip Tuck
Gymnastic Center recently competed prep-optional
level 8 at a gymnastics competition in Dayton. She
took home three gold and two silver medals. Gabby
got first on vault (9.35), the uneven bars (9.40) and the
all around (37.3). She won second place on the balance
beam (9.15) and floor exercise (9.40). She is 12 years old
and attends St. John’s Elementary School. FTGC also
received second place in the level 2 and prep-optional
level 6 team award. Their next competition is Friday in
Wisconsin. (Submitted photo)
Oh, Super Bowl,
wherefore art thou?
Sports Editor
I have never really liked the two-week break before the
conference championships and the Super Bowl.
Until recently, it only made for a less-than-stellar game.
Tuesday’s Media Day is a case in point: a lot of forced
answers to questions the players would rather have had
holes drilled in the tops of their heads and a stick of dyna-
mite dropped in them than answer.
Like the female reporter who asked a player for a kiss or
another who wanted to touch a player’s beard.
What does that have to do with football?
I know that it’s for the cameras and television — now
the Internet, Twitter and other social media — and it has
become big — did I write BIG??? — business.
Maybe I have answered my own question.
It’s not about the game but “The Game”: all the stars
come out for appearances, all the so-called “fans” that
could probably only identify the “beautiful people” on each
team — Peyton Manning and Richard Sherman.
By the way, I stand by my column last week about
Sherman: I heartily disagree with all those who called him
a thug, especially when you hear the words he told Michael
Crabtree after the game.
Maybe Crabtree is the thug? No, he isn’t, either.
I digress.
I realize I am exaggerating — some — to make a point
but the Super Bowl has stopped being about the work
between the lines and more about making points.
Call me a dinosaur, a dreamer, an unrealist, but I just
want to watch the game — and yes, the commercials! —
and hope that it’s a good one between the hoped-for two
best teams in the world.
I don’t mind the pundits doing their jobs: breaking down
the game as they see it; who might be the unsung hero; how
this unit matches up with that unit; stories about guys like
Champ Bailey — who I remember in his prime — finally
making the Super Bowl, etc.
How many of us do the same thing, though usually not
with the detail as the NFL Live guys — “I like the matchup
between the slot receiver and strongside linebacker on 3rd-
and-2 in the opponent’s territory”?
Oh well, the genie is out of the bottle!
It will be interesting to see if Roger Goodell really
pushes — along with the union — getting rid of the
extra point in the NFL.
It’s as automatic as you can get in the pro game, so it’s
very anti-climactic. I get that.
However, why then would you automatically force
teams to go for two (one of the options), when that is inher-
ently more dangerous and would lead to more injuries?
Very few players get hurt on the extra point, though some
still do.
One of the reasons noted for getting rid of the kick is to
try and bring more excitement into the game on every play.
However, that contradicts what has been done with the
kickoff return — all but neutering it in the name of safety.
See MUSINGS, page 7
Cavaliers wrestle Jays out of Team Duals
DHI Correspondent
— The second Ohio High
School Athletic Association
State Team Wrestling Dual
Meets began last week with
St. John’s defeating Ottawa-
Glandorf and Columbus
With the win at home, the
Blue Jays earned the right to
move on to the Division III
Regionals held at Bath High
School, along with Coldwater
and Carey.
Wrestling is the first
sport to crown two OHSAA-
sanctioned state team cham-
pions with two separate
tournaments. The regular-
season-ending tournament
still occurs in March and is
an individual goal for every
wrestler to get to “The
The OHSAA State Dual
— just last year — replaced
the old state dual meets
which had a limited number
of teams. The old format was
an invitational based on the
number of returning district
qualifiers as one of the quali-
In the new format, all
schools are able to compete
and is a team goal to move on.
Coach Derek Sterling is
entering his fifth year at the
helm of the Blue Jay wres-
tling program and this year
marks the third year in a row
that St. John’s has partici-
pated in the state duals.
Three years ago, they were
invited to the duals based on
the number of underclassmen
wrestling in the pos- season.
Last year ,after opening with
a team victory, Sterling was
forced to forfeit in the next
round to Midwest Athletic
Conference for Coldwater
after three wrestlers suf-
fered injuries at the LCC
Thunderbird Invitational.
The Blue Jays made it to
the mat this year in the sec-
ond round and had to face a
familiar foe - Coldwater. The
outcome was the same this
year as last as the Coldwater
wrestlers eliminated St.
John’s 48-21.
The lone bright spot of
the night was freshman Brett
Vonderwell, the only Blue Jay
who won a match on the mat.
“Brett wrestled great
tonight, upsetting Coldwater
senior Reese Kaiser 8-4,”
explained Sterling. “Reese
beat us last week at LCC and
Brett coming back a few days
later at duals to beat him is a
big win.”
The night began with
Coldwater winning team
points by forfeit in the 106-
and 113-pound classes.
Coldwater ’s Tyler
Hemmelgarn won a deci-
sion over sophomore Avery
Martin 6-2
The night began with
Coldwater winning team
points by forfeit in the 106-
and 113-pound classes.
Coldwater ’s Tyler
Hemmelgarn won a deci-
sion over sophomore Avery
Martin 6-2 in the 120-pound
The Cavaliers then won
the next two bouts via pins
by Spencer Seibert and Tyler
“We came out flat tonight
and overmatched,” said
Sterling. “We just couldn’t
get rolling against a team we
had a chance to beat.”
Junior Justin Siefker
dropped a 6-2 decision to
Jordan Obringer at 138
pounds. St. John’s suffered
losses in a pair a close match-
es, with Austin Martin fall-
ing to CJ Seibert 7-4 and
Coldwater’s Mitch Clune
defeated Alex Haunhorst 3-1.
With the team victory
secured by Coldwater after
these matches were decided,
the heavier weight classes
were won by forfeit.
Wes Buettner, Austin
Schulte and Nathan Schroeder
all won for St. John’s with-
out wrestling. Meanwhile,
Coldwater’s Justin Post won
the 220-pound bout with a
Sterling summed up the
night by adding that “we def-
initely found out that we have
a lot of things to work on to
improve. It’s not the end of
the season yet but now it’s
time to start focusing on the
individual side to get ready
for sectionals.”
In the regional champi-
onship match, Bath defeated
Coldwater 45-25 to move on
to the State Quarterfinals to
be held Feb. 8 at St. John
Arena on the campus of The
Ohio State University.
The next action for the
Blue Jay wrestlers will be at
the MAC championships on
Saturday at Versailles, along
with Coldwater.
106- Andrew Meyer (C), void.
113- Jay Uhenhake (C), void.
120- Tyler Hemmelgarn (C) dec.
Avery Martin 6-2.
126- Spencer Seibert (C) pin
Evyn Pohlman.
132- Tyler Tebbe (C) pin Evan
138- Jordan Obringer (C) dec.
Justin Siefker 6-2.
145- Brett Vonderwell (S) dec.
Reece Kaiser 8-4.
152- CJ Seibert (C) dec. Austin
Martin 7-4.
160-Jake Schmidt (C) pin Jordan
170- Mitch Clune (C) dec. Alex
Haunhorst 3-1.
182- Wes Buettner (S), void.
195- Austin Schulte (S), void.
220- Justin Post (C), void.
285- Nate Schroeder (S), void.
Denver P Colquitt born to boot the football
Associated Press
When it comes to punting,
Denver’s Britton Colquitt
was born to boot the football.
Colquitt’s father, Craig,
won two Super Bowl
rings while punting for the
Pittsburgh Steelers during a
7-year NFL career. His uncle,
Jimmy, punted for Seattle
in 1985; his older brother,
Dustin, is currently Kansas
City’s punter.
“It’s really crazy,” said
Britton, in his fifth season
with the Broncos. “When
you grow up around it, that’s
what you know. All I see
is Pittsburgh Steelers Super
Bowl stuff on the wall. It was
kind of normal to me. In my
mind — and even in Dustin’s
mind — it was always attain-
able and was kind of the
norm. If you look at other
families in the NFL, their
kids play and they’re suc-
cessful. It’s a belief that they
“It’s like any other family
business and that’s ours. I am
thankful for it.”
He has talked to his
father several
times since the
Broncos won the
AFC champion-
ship and received
texts with
small remind-
ers to keep him
focused: words
of wisdom such
as “Stick to the
basics” and “You’ve made it
here. You know what you’re
“He wants it (for me),”
Britton added. “He’s like a
schoolboy right now. He’s
more thrilled than anybody.”
the Super Bowl in New York/
New Jersey, the Manning
brothers can spend a little
time together.
Peyton Manning said
Wednesday that he saw Eli on
Tuesday night and met niece
Lucy for the first time. She
was born just before training
camp began.
“I enjoyed
that time as an
uncle last night,”
Peyton said.
P e y t o n
Manning also
found interesting
the Super Bowl
connection with
his brother that
wasn’t so obvi-
ous. Eli Manning won his sec-
ond title with the New York
Giants in Indianapolis while
Peyton was still playing for
the Colts. Now big brother
gets a chance at a second title
in Eli’s home stadium.
most fans know of the
attempts by Pete Carroll and
the Seahawks to get involved
in Peyton Manning’s free
agent sweepstakes during the
2012 offseason.
But Manning relayed
another Carroll story on
Manning didn’t specify
the year but one June, he was
in Los Angeles for a com-
mitment. In need of a work-
out, Manning called over to
the USC football offices and
spoke with Carroll, then the
Trojans’ coach, about pos-
sibly throwing with some
of his receivers and quarter-
backs to help get ready for
training camp.
Manning explained he
arrived at 3 p.m. with the
intent on joining in on what-
ever routes the USC players
were working on. What he
found were eight wide receiv-
ers, four tight ends and four
running backs all stretched
out and ready to do whatever
Manning wanted them to.
St. John’s Brett Vonderwell was the lone winner for the Blue Jays Wednesday night,
defeating senior Reece Kaiser of Coldwater 8-4 in the OHSAA Regional Dual team meet
held at Bath High School. The Cavaliers defeated the Blue Jays 48-21. (Delphos Herald/
Larry Heiing)
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BLUFFTON — The Purple and Gold
women’s basketball team held a three-
point lead over the Beavers at the break,
but Bluffton took control of the game in
the final 20 minutes to best DC 71-55 on
Wednesday, January 29.
With the victory by the home team,
it evens out the 2013-14 season series
between the Jackets and
Beavers. It is the fourth time
in five seasons the squads
have split the pair of rivalry
Defiance falls to 7-11,
4-7 Heartland Collegiate Athletic
Conference, while BU wins its seventh-
straight home game to improve to 11-7,
7-4 HCAC.
Early on, play was sloppy for both
sides. In the first three and a half min-
utes, DC and BU combined for seven
turnovers, while only scoring six total
But slowly, each squad started to find
a bit of a groove. For the Purple and
Gold Ashley Birchmeier (Vaughnsville/
Columbus Grove) had the hot hand
early, knocking down a pair of threes
that knotted the score at 11-11 with just
over 10 minutes left in the first.
Then action started to tilt in the
Beavers favor. A triple from Bluffton’s
Kaitlyn Pennekamp capped a 12-4 spurt
by the home squad that left Defiance
trailing 23-15 at the 5:34 mark.
However, it was all Yellow Jackets
throughout the rest of the period. They
closed out the last five-plus minutes on
a 16-5 surge to take a slim 31-28 advan-
tage into the locker room for halftime.
A big reason for the strong end to
the half was due to the Purple and Gold
taking care of the ball.
DC recorded five turn-
overs in the first seven
minutes of action, but
was able to go the last 13
minutes without a single
The second period started well for
the Lady Jackets, as they battled the
Beavers hard for the first 10 minutes
of the half and clung on to a two-point
advantage at 47-45.
Unfortunately for the Purple and
Gold, the Bluffton found a rhythm late
and couldn’t be stopped. BU racked up
the next 12 of the next 13 points to go on
top 58-48 with 5:30 to play. The Beavers
then continued to cruise through the rest
of regulation and came away with a big
71-55 rivalry win.
In the loss, BU outshot (.421 per-
cent to .328) and outrebounded (42-35)
DC. Defiance has now been held to
under .400 shooting and outrebounded
in three of its last four matchups. From
the charity stripe, the Beavers had a big
advantage by going 20-of-28 (.714) to
the Yellow Jackets 11-of-18 (.611). A
positive from the game was the Jackets
only committed 13, which was the sec-
ond lowest amount this season.
For the low-scoring night, Tietje
led Defiance with 14 points and nine
rebounds. However, the DC center with
the HCAC’s fourth-highest field-
goal percentage, really struggled
shooting on the night going 5-of-
16. She is now 9-of-29 in her last
two contests.
Coming off the bench to score
11 points was Birchmeier. The senior
guard was efficient in her 15 minutes of
play, going 4-of-7 from the field (3-of-5
from distance) with only one turnover.
Others chipping in on the night
were Kim Bingley (Ottawa, Ohio /
Ottawa-Glandorf) with 10 rebounds, 5
points and three steals and Erica King
(Wauseon, Ohio / Pettisville) with eight
points and three boards. King moved
into 13th on DC’s all-time scoring list
with her outing.
The Yellow Jackets will try to snap
this two-game slide on Saturday when
it travels down to Terra Haute, Ind. for a
rematch with the Rose-Hulman Fightin’
Engineers (7-10, 5-5 HCAC). Tip-off is
slated for 1 p.m.
Bluffton’s big second half hands Defiance defeat
See FOOTBALL, page 7
Thursday, January 30, 2014 The Herald — 7
Meryl Davis & Charlie White
Ice Dancing
Fast Facts

The pair has been skating together since they were
both 10 years old, making them the current longest-
lasting dance team in the United States.

The team employs two choreographers: Marina
Zueva and Derek Hough, the latter an Emmy win-
ner who is best known for his routines on ABC’s
“Dancing With the Stars.”

Coach Marina Zueva is based out of their home state
of Michigan, and also coaches their biggest competi-
tors and reigning Olympic champs Scott Moir and
Tessa Virtue.

They both currently study at the University of
Michigan, White in political science and Davis in
cultural anthropology and Italian.

Not only does skating come naturally to
the pair, they’re also talented musicians.
Davis plays the flute and White plays
the violin.

The two have skated together for
almost 17 years now, and their fami-
lies have grown very close. The danc-
ers will often say “Hi
Moms!” to greet both
their mothers
n accomplished pair, Meryl Davis and Charlie White have a lot to look
forward to at the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games. After winning the silver
medal in Vancouver, Davis and White need to bring their best eforts to Sochi
if they want to dethrone one of the top ice dancing teams in the world, Canada’s
Scott Moir and Tessa Virtue. No strangers to the podium, Davis and White have
earned top honors in practically every major ice dancing competition, and have
won 15 consecutive Grand Prix gold medals. Now they have their sights set on the
prize that shines the brightest as they head to their second Olympic Games.
Chris Mazdzer
Men’s Singles Luge
Fast Facts

He was a high school senior when he just
missed making the U.S. Olympic team in
2006, losing a best-two-out-of-three race
against his roommate Jonathan Myles.

When he’s not training or competing, he
enjoys watching TV – especially “Family

In high school, he tried to branch out into
other sports, but that was practically a disas-
ter. In the first 15 seconds of his first-ever
lacrosse game, he received penalties for
slashing and illegal substitution because he
wasn’t familiar with the rules.

In his early years of sledding, he was coached
by former luger and three-time Olympian
Duncan Kennedy.

He was competing in the Junior World Cup
circuit at the age of 13 against 18- and
here is a changing of the guard happening in American luging, and Chris
Mazdzer is the up-and-comer. After Bengt Walden and Tony Benshoof both
retired in 2011, Mazdzer is the only male luger who has stood on the Olympic
stage. Finishing 13th in Vancouver in his Olympic debut, he looks ready to do what
no man in singles luge has ever done for the United States: win a medal. He’s no
stranger to the track, but he does have some serious competition and will need to
be focused and prepared if he’s going to give the U.S. a shot at
the podium in Sochi.
Jeremy Abbott
Men’s Figure Skating
Fast Facts

Practically as soon as he could walk,
he was on skates. He began skating
at the age of two, and by four he was
already competing.

He says seeing retired Olympic
champion Robin Cousins skating on
television is what encouraged him to
start taking figure skating lessons.

For about six years as a child he tried
gymnastics as well as figure skating, but ulti-
mately ended that experiment.

He’s definitely a family man, often giving
credit to his parents, his stepdad and his sister
for his success.

A man of many talents, he can also ride a

He’s still a big fan of British figure skating
sensation Robin Cousins, who is currently
one of his choreographers.
wenty-eight-year-old Jeremy Abbott will be lacing up his skates for his second
Olympics when he heads to Sochi. The four-time U.S. national champion and
2008 Grand Prix Final champion placed ninth at the 2010
Olympics in Vancouver, and he has a good chance of moving
up in the standings. With reigning Olympic champion Evan
Lysacek sidelined from the competition due to injury, Abbott
becomes the United States’ best hope for a men’s fgure
skating medal. The opportunity to become one of the best
is there for the taking, and Abbott is capable of doing
just that.
Gracie Gold
Ladies’ Figure Skating
Fast Facts

She has a fraternal twin sister named Carly
who is 40 minutes younger than her. Carly is
also a competitive figure skater.

She has landed an endorsement deal from
CoverGirl, which is fitting for her as she
always wears her token red lipstick during
her performances.

Her favorite series of books is “The Hunger
Games” by Suzanne Collins.

Growing up, she tried many different sports,
including swimming and gymnastics,
but ultimately settled on figure skating
because of the opportunity to push her-
self and learn something new each day.

She has a dog and a cat at home –
a mastiff named Stella and a
hairless cat named Rex.

She has a huge social media
presence with more than 11,000
followers on Instagram and over
13,000 followers on Twitter.
racie Gold wants to make good on her name when she travels
to Sochi. The 18-year-old fgure skater is relatively new to the
world of glitzy outfts and the big stage, but she continues to
grow exponentially with each competition. The 2014 U.S. National gold
medalist recently started working with renowned coach Frank Carroll,
whose most recognizable students are 2010 Olympic champion
Evan Lysacek and two-time Olympic medalist Michelle
Kwan. The change has provided a positive spark for the
blonde-haired, red-lipped Gold, whose potential is
unlimited as she heads to Sochi.
(Continued from page 6)
The kickoff return can be one of the
most thrilling plays in the game.
That reasoning makes no sense.
I suppose it makes more sense to just
make touchdowns worth seven points —
fantasy owners wouldn’t be hurt because
all things are equal; all kickers would be
punished the same, too — but I don’t think
it makes sense to then say if you go for two
and don’t make it, it’s only worth six.
Some touchdowns are worth more than
others, especially if you are behind?
You’re messing with forces you cannot
possibly comprehend!
I realize that the Jonathan Martin-
Richie Incognito—Miami Dolphins fias-
co was weeks ago but it was revived with
his TV interview this week.
I think we all realize that the locker
room is not for the faint of heart, that you’d
better have a strong backbone to survive it,
not only physically but mentally, psycho-
logically and every “-ally” you can think of.
From what has transpired in the weeks
since, things may not be necessarily as
clear-cut as we were made to believe.
There are issues here that will be
explored and probably should be: where
does “motivating” become bullying, for
I guess for me, the vulgar language inside
the locker room that Martin alleges to have
been one of the biggest reasons he left the
team leaves me scratching my noggin.
You are dealing with men from all walks
of life — both on your team and your
opponents’ — and it’s an emotional, hard-
charging, physical game.
My guess is that grown men feel they
can let it fly amongst their teammates —
remember the “what happens in the locker
room stays in the locker room” mantra —
and guys will understand where they are
coming from and why they are saying it a
certain way, or at least try.
For example, I probably would not like
all of the music that might be played in a
given locker room but that is the give and
take of being a team.
Maybe I am wrong here, that there’s
more to it than that: if it becomes physically
threatening or really — REALLY — per-
sonal, that changes the game.
No one should have to put up with that.
You should be able to trust a teammate
to go to bat for you; after, this is a tough
game and you need teammates to watch
your back.
I am re-iterating a point here I made
when it first broke: were they surprised
Incognito was in the middle of this?
Whether Martin re-signs with the team
or not, or whatever the NFL rules about it,
why is Dolphins’ owner Stephen Ross even
hinting that Incognito might be back?
Will they never learn?
(Continued from page 6)
“I said, ‘What routes do you
want to run?’ They said, ‘No,
coach Carroll said we are going
to throw whatever routes you
want to run. This is going to
be your workout,’” Manning
recalled. “That is about as good
a treatment as you can get for
a visitor to a different team. I
really had a neat day throwing.”
After signing a 4-year extension
with Seattle last offseason, strong
safety Kam Chancellor made
good on a promise to his mother
back in Norfolk, Va.
Chancellor had always
wanted to buy his mom, Karen
Lambert, a new house. He told
the story Wednesday of look-
ing at 20 homes in the Norfolk
area after Seattle’s minicamp
wrapped up and then setting
up the surprise for his mom.
“There was just this one
house that just stuck out and
I knew that it was the one she
wanted and everything she
wanted,” Chancellor said.
His mom also wanted a
new car, so Chancellor set up
the surprise by parking the
vehicle at the house he had
purchased. The car was in the
driveway with a bow but was
locked. When Chancellor told
his mom she needed to go
inside to get the keys, he had
family and friends waiting.
“Once she opened the door,
everyone jumps out and says
surprise,” Chancellor added.
“She was so happy and it just
felt good. She deserves it.”
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I have a baseball
history bet, and I have
$25 riding on your
answer. I say baseballs
were first made with
horsehide; he says they
were always made with
cowhide. Who wins? --
G.L., Roseburg, Ore.
A: You win. Baseballs
were made with
horsehide until 1973.
In 1974, the supplies
dwindled, so the balls
used by Major League
Baseball switched to
Every baseball used
in the MLB is hand-
stitched in Costa Rica.
Q: I have become
enamored of Annie
Randall while watching
old “Hee Haw”
reruns. What became
of her after the “Hee
Haw” years? -- B.M.,
Southside, Ala.
A: Anne Randall was
born Barbara Burrus
on Sept. 23, 1944,
in Alameda, Calif.
When she was 15,
she became a regular
on a teenage dancing
show in San Francisco
hosted by Dick Stewart.
During the next two
decades, she appeared
in about 30 TV shows
and movies. She was
Playboy magazine’s
Playmate of the Month
in its May 1967 issue
and its cover girl in
November 1973. From
1972 to 1973, she was a
regular on “Hee Haw.”
At age 22, she married
Dick Stewart. In 1979,
she disappeared from
the public eye.
Q: During pre-
Olympic TV coverage,
there was a discussion
of unusual feats during
previous games.
There was mention
of a marathon runner
who took a year or so
to finish the race. It
doesn’t make sense,
and I’m wondering if
you know the details. --
R.L., Pensacola, Fla.
A: You must have
heard about Shizo
Kanakuri. I think the
story of the Japanese
marathon runner is
one of the best of the
In his home
country, Kanakuri was
celebrated as one of the
best -- as a matter of fact,
he was considered the
“Father of Marathon”
in Japan. During the
1912 Summer Games
in Stockholm, he lost
consciousness while
participating in the
marathon due to the
heat. A farming family
took him in until he
recuperated. When
he recovered, he
returned to Japan, never
notifying Olympic
officials. Back home
he continued to run,
and he even competed
in the 1920 and 1924
Olympics. But Swedish
officials had no idea
where he was. Finally,
in 1966, Olympic
officials tracked him
down and gave him an
unusual opportunity: If
he wanted, Kanakuri
could finish the race
he started in 1912. He
accepted the offer and
completed the marathon
in 54 years, 8 months,
6 days, 8 hours, 32
minutes and 20.379
seconds. At the end of
the race, he said, “It
was a long trip. Along
the way, I got married,
had six children and 10
Q: My childhood
favorite was Deanna
Durbin. Can you
please fill me in on
her? Did she marry?
Have children? -- M.E.,
Whittier, Calif.
A: Deanna Durbin
was born Edna Mae
Durbin on Dec. 4, 1921,
in Winnipeg, Canada.
She grew up in Southern
California and began
making movies in 1936.
In 1945 and 1947, she
made more money than
any other woman in the
U.S. In 1941, Durbin
married Vaughn Paul,
who was an assistant
movie director. The
marriage ended in
divorce in 1943. In
1945, she married a
film writer, producer
and actor named Felix
Jackson. They had one
daughter. The marriage
ended in 1949, and she
retired that year. In
1950, Durbin married
Charles David in Paris.
He was a producer and
director. They moved
to a house in the French
countryside. The couple
had one son. David died
in Paris in 1999.
Durbin has turned
down all offers to return
to show business since
her retirement. She is a
very private person and
refuses most interviews.
Horsehide helps win a bet
Mr. Know-It-All
Thursday, January 30, 2014 The Herald - 9
By Bernice Bede Osol
Annie’s Mailbox
It will be essential that you take
better care of yourself this year.
Devoting some time to creative
endeavors will turn out to be in
your best interest because they
will stimulate your mind and help to
relieve any stress you are feeling
as a result of personal matters. You
will feel a strong urge for change.
Diversifying your activities will be
AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb.
19) -- Dealing with an emotional
partner will be a challenge for you
today. Try to take an impartial view
of the situation. Do not allow other
people to deflate you or cause you
PISCES (Feb. 20-March 20) --
Experiences in or around hospitals
may leave you feeling a bit dejected.
Try not to take anything too
personally at this time. Your instincts
are good, so follow your gut feelings.
ARIES (March 21-April 19)
-- Today is a good day to initiate
professional changes. Interviews
or a good discussion with your
boss could lead to advancement if
handled correctly.
TAURUS (April 20-May 20) -- A
spontaneous outing will turn into
a social event. You will gain a lot
of insight from talking to peers or
relatives today. Be attentive because
a secret adversary may attempt to
undermine you.
GEMINI (May 21-June 20) --
Making a financial deal with someone
will require caution, as deception is
likely. You may also have personal
difficulties with someone close to
you. Additional responsibilities are
likely unavoidable.
CANCER (June 21-July
22) -- Conversations with your
business partner or lover may yield
undesirable results. Now is not the
time to make a force play. You will be
frustrated by the obstacles you face.
LEO (July 23-Aug. 22) -- A
work situation is likely to make you
emotional. Females may cause
professional difficulties for you. An
opportunity to make a career change
will be beneficial, if taken.
VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22)
-- Avoid impulsive or eccentric
individuals who offer you a business
proposition. Take advantage of any
possibility of traveling. Romance is in
the stars.
LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23) --
Deception is present in your home
environment. It would be best to deal
with it head-on. Be clear and direct,
and you will find a solution to your
problem. A residential move is likely
at this time.
SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 22)
-- Evasiveness in communications
is likely to occur. In-laws may be
meddlesome or may try to throw you
off course. Avoid making any life-
changing decisions today.
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 23-Dec. 21)
-- Get out and socialize with friends.
Do something physical in nature,
and you may meet some interesting
new people.
CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19)
-- You will have a hard time handling
an emotional partner today. Try to
face the truth of the matter. Don’t
let other people crush your spirit or
cause you grief.
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40-year-old daughter who is
lazy. When she injures herself,
has surgery or is sick, I wait
on her like she’s a baby. But
I recently needed
surgery myself,
and she has no
interest in helping
me at all.
A while
back, I hired
someone to clean
her bedroom. It
took two days. It
was absolutely
disgusting. Now
that I can’t pick
up after her, it’s
getting bad again.
If I say anything
to her, she throws
a tantrum. I’m getting too
old for this. -- Can’t Take the
Dear Can’t: You’re too
old? Your daughter is 40 and
still lives at home and expects
her mother to clean her room.
We do not understand parents
who tacitly encourage their
children to behave like babies
and treat parents like servants
and then complain when they
do. Unless your daughter is
incapable of holding a job
and living independently, tell
her it’s time she found a place
of her own. At the very least,
insist that she pay you rent.
Do not clean her room. Close
the door and let her deal with
her own mess.
Dear Annie: My husband
is an account executive for
a large company. He earns
a good salary and travels
frequently on business. He
has to pay all of his expenses
out of his own pocket and
then submit expense reports
for reimbursement. He is
supposed to submit the forms
at the end of each month for
payment at the end of the
following month. It’s tight for
us, but tolerable.
Here’s the problem. For
whatever reason, the expense
checks are often not given
out on time. Sometimes my
husband has to wait three
or four months before being
reimbursed. These are not
$40 lunches. We are talking
about hundreds of dollars of
airline and hotel expenses, plus
entertaining and feeding clients.
Over four months, that can turn
into thousands of dollars.
Please don’t
misunderstand. I realize we’re
lucky to make a good living.
But we are not super-wealthy.
We have two kids in college
and medical bills for my
mother, and frankly, we’re
not in the position to loan my
husband’s company all of this
money with no interest.
My husband is always
quick to defend the company,
saying they didn’t get the
information on
time or the person
writing the checks
was on vacation. I
think he’s afraid of
rocking the boat.
Is there anything I
can do? -- Not the
Company’s Bank
Dear Bank:
Are you certain
your husband
is submitting
his expenses on
time? He could be
telling you it’s the
company’s fault to
cover his own tardiness. It is
also possible the company
is having its own cash-flow
problems and the late checks
are only the tip of the iceberg.
Nonetheless, it is your
husband’s responsibility to
handle this. Surely, he cannot
be the only one who is having
this particular problem.
Perhaps he and other co-
workers in the same situation
could approach the boss
together and find out what is
going on.
Dear Annie: This is in
response to “Not a Lawyer,”
who questioned why attorneys
seem unwilling to give free
legal advice.
I come from a family
of lawyers and doctors. I
learned that none would give
free professional advice. The
reason is twofold: First, the
majority of questions can only
be answered by “it depends
on the situation.” Second is
the possibility of being sued
for malpractice. You have
no idea how many confused
people have misunderstood
a professional’s opinion,
especially when given in a
casual setting with little or no
case history.
I have yet to hear of a chef
being sued for malpractice
because he advised how to
prepare a steak. -- Been There,
Won’t Do It
Annie’s Mailbox is written
by Kathy Mitchell and Marcy
Sugar, longtime editors of
the Ann Landers column.
Please email your questions to
or write to: Annie’s Mailbox,
c/o Creators Syndicate, 737
3rd Street, Hermosa Beach,
CA 90254.
10 – The Herald Thursday, January 30, 2014 www.delphosherald.com
Answers to Wednesday’s questions:
In golf, an albatross, or double eagle, is three under
par. A condor or triple eagle or double albatross, is four
under par.
When it comes to Internet and texting shorthand,
WRUD is “What are you doing?”
Today’s questions:
How much did a pack of 20 Camel cigarettes cost in
1913 when the smoke was first marketed by the R. J.
Reynolds Tobacco Company?
What did devout Mormon Nathaniel Baldwin invent in
1910 after he had difficulty hearing the sermons delivered
at the sprawling Salt Lake Tabernacle?
Answers in Friday’s Herald.
Obama touts wage hike,
creates ‘myRA’ savings plan
Associated Press
— Declaring that hard work
should pay off for every
American, President Barack
Obama on Wednesday signed
an order to create starter retire-
ment accounts that could be
opened with as little as $25 but
acknowledged there’s a limit to
the help he can give low-wage
workers without congressional
Obama followed up
Tuesday night’s State of the
Union address by traveling to
two workplaces to drive home
the message from a pair of pro-
posals aimed at boosting the
personal finances of working-
class Americans.
Obama visited a Costco
food warehouse in suburban
Lanham, Md., where entry-
level employees start at $11.50
an hour, to tout his call for a
$10.10 minimum wage. At a
U.S. Steel Corp. plant outside
Pittsburgh, he signed a presi-
dential memorandum to create
the “myRA” program, which
he told employees would go
toward “making sure that after
a lifetime of hard work you can
retire with some dignity.”
Obama was trying to tap
into Americans’ frustrations
with Washington that has
been gridlocked amid parti-
san debate and an economy
that’s been slow to rebound
from the recession. He accused
Congress of wasting time
when Americans need action.
“I could do more with
Congress, but I’m not going
to not do anything without
Congress, not when it’s about
the basic security and dignity
of American workers,” Obama
The president then sat a
wooden desk set up in the cav-
ernous factory and signed the
memorandum, then took it off
stage and handed it to Treasury
Secretary Jacob Lew, with a
pat on the shoulder. Lew’s ini-
tial task is to set up a pilot pro-
gram with accounts available
through some employers by
the end of the year.
The program will operate
like a Roth IRA, so contri-
butions of as little as $5 per
paycheck would be made with
after-tax dollars. That means
account-holders could with-
draw the funds at any time with-
out paying additional taxes.
The funds would be backed by
U.S. government debt, similar
to a savings option available
to federal employees. Investors
could keep the accounts if they
switch jobs or convert them
into private accounts.
“We think this fills a space
that, very importantly, we can
do by our own authority,” Lew
told reporters aboard Air Force
One en route to Pennsylvania.
The idea is to encourage some
of the millions of Americans
who do not save for retire-
ment to begin putting aside
even small amounts of money.
“When people start saving they
get into the habit of saving,”
he said.
Another step Obama is
making without Congress is
to raise the minimum wage for
new federal contract workers
to $10.10 an hour. But he needs
lawmakers to pass legislation
to give all workers the same,
up from the $7.25 current min-
imum wage.
“If you work hard, you
should be able to pay your
rent, buy your groceries, look
after your kids,” Obama said
at Costco, close to the produce
section where consumers could
buy large containers of green
seedless grapes and plantains.
He joked that he could use a
50-pound bag of dog food for
pets Sunny and Bo and that
he’d like an 80-inch flat-screen
TV for the Super Bowl.
The president praised
Democratic Maryland Gov.
Martin O’Malley for pushing
to raise the state’s minimum
wage to $10.10. “Ultimately
Congress does have to do its
part to catch up to the rest of
the country on this,” Obama
Democrats intend to make
the minimum wage increase
a potent issue in a number of
states with competitive gov-
ernor’s races this fall. One of
the biggest fights could come
in Pennsylvania, where GOP
Gov. Tom Corbett is among
the most vulnerable governors
facing re-election and has sig-
naled that he won’t support
raising the state’s $7.25-an-
hour minimum wage.
Democrats are expected to
make a similar push in states
with incumbent Republicans
like Florida, Michigan and
Monarch butterflies drop,
migration may disappear
The stunning and little-under-
stood annual migration of mil-
lions of Monarch butterflies
to spend the winter in Mexico
is in danger of disappearing,
experts said Wednesday, after
numbers dropped to their low-
est level since record-keeping
began in 1993.
Their report blamed the
displacement of the milkweed
the species feeds on by geneti-
cally modified crops and urban
sprawl in the United States,
extreme weather trends and the
dramatic reduction of the but-
terflies’ habitat in Mexico due
to illegal logging of the trees
they depend on for shelter.
After steep and steady
declines in the previous three
years, the black-and-orange
butterflies now cover only
1.65 acres (0.67 hectares) in
the pine and fir forests west
of Mexico City, compared to
2.93 acres (1.19 hectares) last
year, said the report released
by the World Wildlife Fund,
Mexico’s Environment
Department and the Natural
Protected Areas Commission.
They covered more than 44.5
acres (18 hectares) at their
recorded peak in 1996.
Because the butterflies
clump together by the thou-
sands in trees, they are count-
ed by the area they cover.
While the Monarch is not
in danger of extinction, the
decline in their population
now marks a statistical long-
term trend and can no lon-
ger be seen as a combination
of yearly or seasonal events,
experts said.
The announcement fol-
lowed on the heels of the
20th anniversary of the
North American Free Trade
Agreement, which saw the
United States, Mexico and
Canada sign environmental
accords to protect migratory
species such as the Monarch.
At the time, the butterfly was
adopted as the symbol of tri-
lateral cooperation.
Study: Kids’ obesity risk
starts before school age
Associated Press
Those efforts to fight obesity in
schools? Think younger. A new study
finds that much of a child’s “weight fate”
is set by age 5, and that nearly half of
kids who became obese by the eighth
grade were already overweight when they
started kindergarten.
The prevalence of weight problems has
long been known — about a third of U.S.
kids are overweight or obese. But surpris-
ingly little is known about which kids will
develop obesity, and at what age.
Researchers think there may be a win-
dow of opportunity to prevent it, and “we
keep pushing our critical window earlier
and earlier on,” said Solveig Cunningham,
a scientist at Emory University. “A lot of
the risk of obesity seems to be set, to some
extent, really early in life.”
She led the new study, which was pub-
lished in this week’s New England Journal
of Medicine and paid for by the federal
It tracked a nationwide sample of more
than 7,700 children through grade school.
When they started kindergarten, 12 per-
cent were obese and 15 percent were over-
weight. By eighth grade, 21 percent were
obese and 17 percent were overweight.
Besides how common obesity was at
various ages, researchers focused on the
6,807 children who were not obese when
the study started, at kindergarten entry.
Here are some things they found:
ages 5 and 14, nearly 12 percent of chil-
dren developed obesity — 10 percent of
girls and nearly 14 percent of boys.
Nearly half of kids who started kinder-
garten overweight became obese teens.
Overweight 5-year-olds were four times
as likely as normal-weight children to
become obese (32 percent versus 8 per-
GRADE LEVELS: Most of the shift
occurred in the younger grades. During
the kindergarten year, about 5 percent of
kids who had not been obese at the start
became that way by the end. The greatest
increase in the prevalence of obesity was
between first and third grades; it changed
little from ages 11 to 14.
RACE: From kindergarten through
eighth grade, the prevalence of obesity
increased by 65 percent among whites,
50 percent among Hispanics, almost 120
percent among blacks and more than 40
percent among others — Asians, Pacific
Islanders and Native Americans and
mixed-race children.
By eighth grade, 17 percent of black
children had become obese, compared to
14 percent of Hispanics and 10 percent of
whites and children of other races.
INCOME: Obesity was least common
among children from the wealthiest fami-
lies and most prevalent among kids in
the next-to-lowest income category. The
highest rate of children developing obesity
during the study years was among middle-
income families.
BIRTHWEIGHT: At all ages, obesity
was more common among children who
weighed a lot at birth — roughly 9 pounds
or more. About 36 percent of kids who
became obese during grade school had
been large at birth.
The study’s findings do not mean that
it’s too late for schools to act, but their best
tactic may be to focus on kids who are
overweight and try to encourage exercise
and healthy eating, Cunningham said.
The work also shows the need for par-
ents, doctors, preschools and even day care
centers to be involved, said Dr. Stephen
Daniels, a University of Colorado pedia-
trician and a spokesman for the American
Heart Association.
Snow, ice send South’s flagship city reeling
Associated Press
ATLANTA — Thousands of Atlanta
students stranded all night long in their
schools were reunited with their parents
Wednesday, while rescuers rushed to
deliver blankets, food, gas and a ride
home to countless shivering motorists
stopped cold by a storm that paralyzed
the business capital of the South with
less than 3 inches of snow.
As National Guardsmen and state
troopers fanned out, Mayor Kasim Reed
and Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal found
themselves on the defensive, acknowl-
edging the storm preparations could
have been better. But Deal also blamed
forecasters, saying he was led to believe
it wouldn’t be so bad.
The icy weather wreaked similar
havoc across much of the South, clos-
ing schools and highways, grounding
flights and contributing to at least a
dozen deaths from traffic accidents and
a mobile home fire.
Yet it was Atlanta, home to major
corporations and the world’s busiest
airport, that was Exhibit A for how a
Southern city could be sent reeling by
winter weather that, in the North, might
be no more than an inconvenience.
The mayor admitted the city could
have directed schools, businesses and
government offices to stagger their clos-
ings on Tuesday afternoon, as the storm
began, rather than dismissing everyone
at the same time.
The result was gridlock on freeways
that are jammed even on normal days.
Countless vehicles were stranded and
many of them abandoned. Officials said
239 children spent Tuesday night aboard
school buses; thousands of others stayed
overnight in their schools.
One woman’s 12-mile commute
home took 16 hours. Another woman
gave birth while stuck in traffic; police
arrived just in time to help. Drivers who
gave up trying to get home took shelter
at fire stations, churches and grocery
One traffic death was reported in
Atlanta — that of a man killed in a
“I’m not thinking about a grade right
now,” the mayor said when asked about
the city’s response. “I’m thinking about
getting people out of their cars.”
National Guardsmen in Humvees,
state troopers and transportation crews
delivered food and other relief, and by
Wednesday night, Deal said all Atlanta-
area schoolchildren were back home
with their parents.
Atlanta was crippled by an ice storm
in 2011, and officials had vowed not to
be caught unprepared again. But in this
case, few closings or other measures
were ordered ahead of time.
Deal, who is up for re-election in
November, said warnings could have
been posted along highways earlier and
farther out Tuesday. But he also fended
off criticism.
“I would have acted sooner, and I
think we learn from that and then we
will act sooner the next time,” Deal told
“But we don’t want to be accused
of crying wolf. Because if we had been
wrong, y’all would have all been in here
saying, ‘Do you know how many mil-
lions of dollars you cost the economies
of the city of Atlanta and the state of
Georgia by shutting down businesses all
over this city and this state?’”
Deal faulted government forecast-
ers, saying they warned that the storm
would strike south of Atlanta and the
city would get no more than a dusting
of snow.
However, the National Weather
Service explicitly cautioned on Monday
that snow-covered roads “will make
travel difficult or impossible.” And
around 3:30 a.m. Tuesday, the agency
issued a winter storm warning for metro
Atlanta and cautioned people not to
travel except in an emergency.
Around the time the traffic jam start-
ed, Deal and Reed were at an award
ceremony recognizing the mayor as
the “2014 Georgian of the Year.” Deal
spokesman Brian Robinson said the
governor left before 1:30 p.m. and was
in constant contact with emergency offi-
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Lee says the students are respectful, outgoing
and polite and when asked to do something, there
are no questions asked whether the task is for
another student or teacher.
“People ask ‘How’s it going?’ and I get a big
smile on my face,” Lee chimed. “It’s an absolute
pleasure working with the teachers and students.”
Lee said the administration has been working
on school projects, for example, the ‘Blizzard
Bag’, which is a project Lee spearheaded and
“I worked closely with Father Dave and
Principal Stant to institute the new curriculum,”
Lee said.
Looking ahead to the next school year, Lee
said the school would like to integrate more AP
courses to push students. He said the staff is step-
ping up to embrace adding AP courses — which
are as rigorous as college courses — to their
teaching schedules.
“It is a daunting task and it will give kids the
opportunity to take challenging courses at their
next level,” Lee said.
We will also integrate technology more into
the classroom with students and staff through in-
service training, the Technology Committee and
curriculum development. He said it will put stu-
dents at an advantage with what they are doing
now and in the future.
“We want to improve academic content and
standards while integrating technology all in
connection with the Catholic identity, goals and
beliefs,” Lee stated.
Lee graduated from Bowling Green State
University, earning a bachelor’s degree in educa-
tion. He was a substitute teacher for several years
before securing the position at Vantage as the
attendance/discipline officer. While at Vantage,
he earned his master’s in school administration
from the University of Dayton.
Lee and his wife Jessica, were married in June
and reside in Delphos.
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Sharp noted that Wednesday
night was the 290th production of
the run which moves onto the NPAC
Is it a burden to have to live
up to expectations people have of
the Addams family patriarch? Sharp
doesn’t think so.
He explained: “No, it’s not a
burden. Unlike some shows, people
know the material. So when the cur-
tain opens, they are looking at char-
acters they know and love. People
are there to see the Addams Family
because they like the Addams family,
so you win over the audience a little
faster than you might with a show
they’re not familiar with or charac-
ters they’re not familiar with. It kind
of gives you an advantage in a way.”
When Charles Addams featured
the family as a comic, the characters
weren’t named, but with the begin-
ning of the television show, Addams
created first names and characters
were given more personalities and
traits. It was John Astin himself, the
actor who first portrayed Gomez,
who chose the first name from two
possibilities offered by Addams.
Although the series itself ran
only into 1966, reruns and animated
versions have kept the characters
alive and familiar.
“Obviously people have been
following these characters for nearly
100 years, between the comic strip
and the TV show and everything
else,” said Sharp. “I think because
underneath all of the kooky dark-
ness and the weirdness, they repre-
sent the best of humanity. I mean,
Gomez and Morticia have a rela-
tionship that everybody would want.
They are madly in love. Gomez is
a guy who loves his kids. He has a
great life. He’s passionate about all
kinds of things, even if they’re like
crazy torture devices or whatever it
is, they’re people who even in their
weirdness seem truly happy. So I
think people gravitate toward that.”
Even Sharp admits he really likes
the character he plays. His favorite
characteristic of Gomez?
“I think it’s his optimism. I think
he’s a guy who looks on the bright
side. He is a lover of life and he’s
exuberant and optimistic in nearly
all situations. That’s one thing I
really gravitate to,” Sharp chuckled.
The show is booked through
May, when it will play for a week
in Indianapolis. The cast played in
Fairfield, Iowa on Wednesday and
Sharp noted that during this cold-
weather snap, they have played in
some of the coldest places in the
“Yeah,” he related, “the last week
or two, this polar vortex has really
gotten to me. We’ve been in some
cold places. We’re looking forward
to being back in Florida again!”
But despite life on the road and
all the extreme weather conditions,
Sharp is having fun bringing Gomez
Addams to life. He shared some
simple advice for those planning to
“Expect to have a good time.
Leave your brain at the door. It’s
not a show you need to think a lot
about,” he relayed.
A few tickets are still available
at the Niswonger Performing Arts
Center box office. The show begins
at 7:30 p.m. on Friday.
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In final comments, Creamer thanks the volunteers.
“Another important part of the annual campaign is its vol-
unteer base,” he began. “Every year, volunteers organize com-
pany campaigns, coordinate special events and raise awareness
about the United Way in their places of business. The efforts
of our volunteers play an invaluable role in the success of our
annual campaign.”
Local contributors include: Aero Printing, Delphos
Chevrolet Buick, Delphos City Schools, The Delphos Herald,
Delphos Restaurant Equipment, Delphos Senior Citizens
Inc., Elida Schools, First Federal Bank, First Financial Bank,
InterMedia 3, Jack’s Pizza, K&M Tire, Pitsenbarger Supply
Co., Raabe Ford Lincoln Mercury, Recharge Enterprise,
Superior Federal Credit Union, Toledo Molding and Die, U.S.
Metalcraft Inc., and Union Bank.
Allen County United Way agencies include: Allen County
Council On Aging, American Red Cross, Area Agency on Aging
3, The Arc of Allen County, Bradfield Community Center,
Catholic Charities, Cheryl Allen Southside Center, Children’s
Developmental Center, Crime Victim Services, Crossroads
Crisis Center, Family Resource Center, Goodwill Easter Seals,
Legal Aid of Western Ohio, Mobility Foundation, Literacy
Council of Northwest Ohio, Salvation Army, Senior Citizens
Services, Lima-UMADAOP, The Lima Family, YWCA of
Lima, Big Brothers/Big Sisters, Boy Scouts of America/Black
Swamp Area Council, Delphos Senior Citizens, Girl Scouts of
Western Ohio Appleseed Ridge Region, West Ohio Food Bank
and YW Child Care Resource and Referral.
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