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Thursday, February 6, 2014

Delphos, Ohio few days,” McCoy said. The snow from the latest storm brings the seasonal total in Van Wert County to 51.3 inches — more than 20 inches higher than the seasonal average for snowfall. McCoy is not sure if this winter could end up as one of the snowiest on record. The winter of 1978 dropped 83 inches and the winter of 1982 saw 82 inches fall on Van Wert County. “With the patterns we are seeing, totals like that still could happen,” he cautioned.

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Jefferson game cancelled According to Jefferson girls basketball coach Dave Hoffman, the Jefferson at Miller City girls basketball game postponed Wednesday will not be re-scheduled. Other games not to be made up are the St. John’s at Spencerville boys game, the Arlington at Jefferson boys game, the Elida at Ottoville girls cage game and the Kalida at Spencerville girls game. TODAY Girls Basketball Jefferson at Spencerville (NWC), 6 p.m. St. John’s at Versailles (MAC), 6 p.m. Lincolnview at Ada (NWC), 6 p.m. Ottawa-Glandorf at Elida (WBL), 6 p.m. Columbus Grove at Bluffton (NWC), 6 p.m. Van Wert at Defiance (WBL), 6 p.m. Crestview at Allen East (NWC), 6 p.m. FRIDAY Boys Basketball Spencerville at Jefferson (NWC), 6 p.m. Ottoville at Continental (PCL), 6 p.m. Ada at Lincolnview (NWC), 6 p.m. Elida at OttawaGlandorf (WBL), 6 p.m. Kalida at Miller City (PCL), 6 p.m. Bluffton at Columbus Grove (NWC), 6 p.m. Defiance at Van Wert (WBL), 6 p.m. Allen East at Crestview (NWC), 6 p.m. Versailles at St. John’s (MAC), 6:30 p.m. SATURDAY Boys Basketball Ottoville at Paulding (ppd. from Jan. 25), 2 p.m. Jefferson at Fort Jennings, 6 p.m. Marion Local at Spencerville, 6 p.m. LCC at Elida, 6 p.m. Ayersville at Kalida, 6 p.m. Bath at Columbus Grove, 6 p.m. St. Henry at Van Wert, 6 p.m. Wayne Trace at Crestview, 6 p.m. Girls Basketball Spencerville at Perry, 1 p.m. Leipsic at Kalida (PCL), 1 p.m. Columbus Grove at Arlington, 1 p.m. Fort Jennings at Elida (ppd. from Jan. 6), 2 p.m. Tinora at Crestview, 2 p.m. St. John’s at Ottoville, 6 p.m. Wrestling Columbus Grove at Carey Classic, 10 a.m. Co-Ed Swimming and Diving Sectionals at Ayersville, 11 a.m.

Storm prediction near perfect; more snow on the way
BY ED GEBERT Times Bulletin Editor VAN WERT — Area residents dug out on Wednesday after nine inches of snow blanketed the region Tuesday evening and Wednesday morning. The prediction of 9.5 inches from the National Weather Service was very close to being right on target. “Everything pretty much came in as we thought they would,” noted Van Wert County Emergency Management Agency Director Rick McCoy. “It was much the same as an earlier storm but we didn’t have such high winds and the temperatures did not plummet.” The storm total was 8.5 inches in Delphos, 9.0 inches in Van Wert and in Celina. Spencerville, Columbus Grove and Bellefontaine received 8.0 inches; Grover Hill reported 9.5 inches; and Greenville saw 10.0 inches of snow. Area school districts called off Wednesday classes and delayed today’s sessions early Wednesday evening. Most businesses were open on Wednesday, although several opened a few hours late. McCoy had good news and bad news about future winter forecasts this season. First, the predicted weather system that is due in the Midwest this weekend will pass to the south of this area. However a clipper coming out of the north could still give the area one to two more inches of snow Saturday night and Sunday. The next storm system is also due to miss this area to the south on Tuesday. “It will be nice to get out of that pattern of having a new storm every

United Way 2013 campaign hits 80 percent of goal
BY ED GEBERT Times Bulletin Editor VAN WERT — It appears the United Way of Van Wert County will come up short in its 2013 fundraising campaign but as of the beginning of February, the agency has raised more than 80 percent of its goal. “We still have two industries who have not reported a total and some other contributions to come in but it looks like we will end up at about $425,000 like we did last year,” announced 2013 Campaign Chair Anita Carvajal. “We are grateful to individuals, businesses, industries, organizations and everyone who did make a contribution to the 2013 campaign.” The fundraising campaign goal is set at $500,000. The funds collected go to help support 24 non-profit agencies around the county. There were plenty of good news items in the campaign fundraising report. “The United Way is pleased to announce that we had an increase in pledges from the Van Wert County Hospital employees and the hospital itself,” stated Carvajal. “Employees pledged a total of $7,680, a 13 percent increase, and the hospital pledged $7,000, a

Verl-Delphos Friendship Link adds a generation

Christine and Frithjof Meissner hold their first grandchild, Marie Meissner. (Photos submitted)

Christian Meissner holds his newborn daughter. BY NANCY SPENCER Herald Editor Verl, Germany —The Verl-Delphos Friendship Link has begun its third generation with the birth of Frithjof and Christine Meissner’s first grandchild, Marie Meissner. Frithjof is the president of the Verl-Delphos Friendship Link for the German side. His son, Christian, and his wife, Katharina, welcomed Marie on Friday. She weighed 7 pounds, 6 ounces and was 20 inches long. Christian stayed in Delphos for eight months when he was 16 years old (St. John’s High School) and also later during his studies at the university, he had an internship in the United States working at the Delphos Wastewater Treatment Plant. He is now 27 years old, has long finished his studies and is an environmental engineer, working for a company in Kirchlengern, about 25 miles

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from Verl. They produce filter systems for the industry, especially for brickyards. Katharina, also 27, studied business administration and works as a controller for a company in Kuensebeck, about 15 miles from Verl. Frithjof shared his family’s good news in his sister city via email to Mary Alice Davies and Rick Hanser. Christine and Frithjof Meissner started the relation between Delphos and Verl. Christine’s great-great-greatgranduncle was Father John Otto Bredeick, the founder and first pastor of Delphos. Christine was born in the same farmhouse like John Otto but almost 170 years later (1789/1958). She has been a nurse but has been a housekeeper since Christian’s birth. Frithjof, 58, is a high school teacher, teaching languages (English, French, Italian) and Computer Science. He is the coordinator of international contacts at his school, thus taking care of all the exchanges, also of the one between Verl and Delphos. Every year there are a number of students that like to travel to Delphos for four months. Besides the Delphos exchange, there are 11 more partner schools around Europe and also one partner school in Bukoba, Tanzania, Africa. Frithjof is also the webmaster of the school homepage and Hanser’s partner in the sister city link. See LINK, page 10

29 percent increase.” Other bright spots include giving from county employees, which totaled 122 percent of the campaign goal. Other areas exceeding 100 percent of goal include city government, county government, county education, real estate and individuals. Other localities exceeding goal were Convoy, Middle Point, Ohio City, Willshire and the townships of Harrison, Hoaglin, Jackson, Liberty, Pleasant, Tully, Willshire and York. Agencies supported by the United Way include: the American Red Cross, Angel Foundation, Big Brothers/Big Sisters, Boy Scouts, Buckeye Y, Convoy Food Bank, Convoy Sports Center, Van Wert County Council on Aging, Delphos Senior Citizens Center, Family & Children First, Family Health Care, Habitat For Humanity, Help Me Grow, Lincolnview Latchkey, Middle Point Community Recreation Association, Ohio City Youth Activities, Salvation Army, Victims Services of Van Wert County, Wee Care Learning Center, West Ohio Food Bank, Willshire Youth Activities, Wren Youth Activities, Van Wert County YMCA and the YWCA of Van Wert County.

Additional meetings set for downtown revitalization
BY NANCY SPENCER Herald Editor DELPHOS — They don’t yet have a name but a group is forming to create an environment in downtown Delphos that will make the city’s thoroughfare a viable destination. Led by downtown business owner Bruce Maag, the thrust of the group will be to build on the positives such as historical aspects like the Miami-Erie Canal, Lincoln Highway, the railroads and churches; and address issues such as downtown beautification, enforcing zoning laws and traffic flow. “We have a lot going for us in downtown Delphos,” Maag said. “We have a lot of neat architecture, niche shops, restaurants and more. We need to make Delphos a destination again. Delphos was the place to be in the 60s and 70s. We need to get that back.” Due to the weather, many people who had expressed interest in learning more about Maag’s initiative were unable to attend. To accomodate anyone who would like to be involved, two more meetings to introduce Maag’s ideas and garner more will be held at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Tuesday at Currency, Coins and Collectibles. Contact Maag at 419-692-1888 or email


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Don’t forget to wear red Friday for women’s heart health
February, a perfect time to focus on the prevalence of heart disease, America’s No. 1 killer. It is also a time to pause and celebrate the research and education that make lifesaving advances in the diagnosis and treatment of heart disease a reality. On National Wear Red Day, thousands of people, including employees at many companies, national and local news anchors and talk-show hosts across the country, will wear red to support the cause. Men and women everywhere are encouraged to join in to show their support by wearing red on Friday. The red

dress and the color red symbolize one’s support in the fight against heart disease. Go Red For Women is the American Heart Association’s cause initiative designed to save women’s lives. See RED, page 10

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Ohio sees another 4 to 8 inches of new snow
COLUMBUS (AP) — Much of Ohio was slammed with 4 to 8 inches of snow overnight, followed by some freezing rain for good measure. That left a harrowing commute on Wednesday for people who ventured out early, and again closed hundreds of schools that have already run out of their allotment of calamity days. Officials were advising people to stay off the roads if possible, and some local governments and businesses closed or delayed opening. Two legislative committees in Columbus canceled hearings. Scattered power outages were reported. Southeast Ohio saw freezing rain and sleet. The worst of the storm was over in most of the state by dawn, but transportation officials were concerned about the lingering effects of ice on top of snowy roads. “I wish that groundhog would have stayed in its hole,” said Geoff Dunn, who took the bus to his downtown Columbus office on Wednesday morning, avoiding the messy roads but still having to navigate snowy sidewalks. “Finding us six more weeks of winter was not the smart move.“ Some parts of Columbus saw as much as 10 inches of snow from the storm that rolled in Tuesday night, while the Cleveland area received between 3 to 6 inches. Cincinnati largely struggled with ice. The Ohio Emergency Management Agency said electricity was expected to be restored Wednesday night to about 10,000 customers who lost power. Temperatures were expected to drop today into the single digits, with a number of schools reporting delayed starts. More snow was forecast this weekend.

For The Record
The Van Wert County Court of Common Pleas heard six cases Wednesday, including two sentencings, three requests for treatment in lieu of conviction and one treatment in lieu violation. SENTENCINGS: Joel Crawford, 25, Van Wert, was sentenced for vandalism, a felony of the fifth degree. He was sentenced to 12 months prison with credit for 82 days served. The court then found that the plea in this case violated his community control in two prior cases and imposed the sentences of 12 months and 180 days in those two cases, concurrent to each other but consecutive to the vandalism case. He was then granted credit for 209 days in those violation cases. Joshua Rager, 29, Van Wert, was sentenced for aggravated possession of drugs, a felony of the fifth degree. His sentence was three years community control, up to six months at WORTH Center, 30 days jail at a future date, 200 hours community service, two years intensive probation, driver’s license suspended for six months, ordered to pay court costs and partial appointed counsel fees. Nine months prison was deferred. TREATMENT IN LIEU VIOLATION: Robert Seibert, 27, Van Wert, appeared for a violation of this treatment in lieu of conviction program. He admitted to failing to report an arrest, failing to report to probation and failing to attend Westwood. The court ordered a pre-sentence investigation and set sentencing for 9 a.m. March 19. CHANGES OF PLEAS/TREATMENT IN LIEU OF CONVICTION: Ryan Agler, 22, Van Wert, entered a plea of guilty to a prosecutor’s bill of information charging him with two counts of possession of drugs, each a felony of the fifth degree. He then requested and was granted treatment in lieu of conviction and his case was stayed pending completion of his treatment program. Logan Linton, 21, Van Wert, changed his plea to guilty to using harmful intoxicants, a felony of the fifth degree. He then requested and was granted treatment in lieu of conviction and his case was stayed pending completion of his treatment program. Derek Gaskill, 26, Van Wert, appeared in court pursuant to a motion to determine competency. Following a report from Court Diagnostic Services in Toledo, he was found competent to stand trial. Following that ruling, he changed his plea to guilty to breaking and entering and possession of criminal tools, each a felony of the fifth degree. A third charge of assault was dismissed for his plea. He then requested and was granted treatment in lieu of conviction and his case was stayed pending completion of his treatment program.

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Clay Aiken to run for Congress in North Carolina

Hoffman autopsy inconclusive, further tests needed
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RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Former “American Idol” and “Celebrity Apprentice” runner-up Clay Aiken joined another highprofile contest Wednesday — this one to get elected to Congress in his native North Carolina. Aiken announced he would seek the Democratic nomination for the 2nd Congressional District seat currently held by Republican Rep. Renee Ellmers. The entertainer is talking about his non-singing career as a special education teacher, UNICEF representative and presidential commission member on education while explaining his reason for getting in the race. In each situation, “I saw a group of people, a population that was not being served,” Aiken told The Associated Press in an interview. In a video unveiling his bid, Aiken referred to his “golden ticket” — finishing as the runner-up to Ruben Studdard in TV’s 2003 “Idol” competition, which has led to several albums and a role in a Broadway musical. But he said he empathizes with those struggling in the 2nd District where he lives, referring to his upbringing by a mother who fled domestic violence. “For most Americans, there are no golden tickets — at least not like the kind you see on TV,” he says to the camera. “More families are struggling today than at any time in our history, and here in North Carolina, we’ve suffered more than our share of pain.” Aiken, 35, is expected to face former state Commerce Secretary Keith Crisco of Asheboro and licensed professional counselor Toni Morris of Fayetteville in the Democratic primary in May. Another Democratic hopeful — Houston Barnes of Durham — gave up his bid Wednesday and threw his weight to Aiken. Official candidate filing begins next week. Aiken said that he considers Washington dysfunctional and that he would focus on jobs, the economy and education. He said the federal health care law needs to be changed but shouldn’t be repealed. He supports abortion rights and considers his political philosophy in the broad middle between political extremes — he said he was once a registered independent voter.

NEW YORK — Four people were taken into custody on drug charges after police investigating Philip Seymour Hoffman’s death executed search warrants, two people with knowledge of the investigation said Wednesday, and the medical examiner’s office said more tests are needed to determine what killed him. There was no timetable for Hoffman’s autopsy to be finished, said medical examiner’s office spokeswoman Julie Bolcer, who declined to discuss the pending tests. Toxicology and tissue tests are typically done in such cases. Police believe the Oscar-winning actor may have died from a drug overdose, though his death is being investigated as suspicious pending a more definitive ruling by the medical examiner. Hoffman was found dead Sunday with a needle in his arm, and tests found heroin — but no traces of the potent synthetic morphine additive fentanyl, which is added to intensify the high and has been linked to 22 suspected overdose deaths in western Pennsylvania — in samples from at least 50 packets in his apartment in Manhattan’s Greenwich Village, law enforcement officials have said. The four people were taken into custody Tuesday night after police executed search warrants at several city apartments based on a tip provided by a confidential source that they may have supplied Hoffman with drugs, according to two people with knowledge of the investigation who spoke to

The Associated Press on the condition of anonymity because investigators have not obtained evidence to corroborate the reported connection. Police say undisclosed quantities of heroin and marijuana were found in three apartments in a lower Manhattan building. The four suspects, three of whom live in the building, face charges of criminal possession of a controlled substance. Two also face charges of criminal use of drug paraphernalia. They were awaiting arraignment. The New York Police Department hasn’t officially announced a connection between the arrests and the Hoffman investigation. The NYPD has launched an intensive effort to determine the source of drugs in Hoffman’s apparent overdose even though courts have found that under state law drug dealers can’t be held liable for customers’ deaths. A 1972 state appellate division case found a dealer can’t be found guilty of manslaughter or criminally negligent homicide for selling heroin and syringes to a customer who later dies because, the court ruled, legislation enhancing punishment for drug crimes didn’t redefine homicide to include the sale of an illicit drug that results in death. And holding a drug dealer criminally liable for a customer’s overdose death could prove difficult for the district attorney’s office, said James Cohen, a Fordham University School of Law professor who runs a clinic that represents federal criminal defendants. “It’s not just enough that you know, if you will, theoretically or academically, that heroin could kill,” he said.

VAN OSS, Lucille G., 92, Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church in Delphos at 11 a.m. Friday, the Rev. Dave Reinhart officiates. The Rev. James Van Oss will co-officiate. Burial will be in St. John’s Cemetery. Friends may call at Strayer Funeral Home in Delphos from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. today. A Parish Wake Service will be held at 7:30 p.m. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Rita’s Auxiliary or to the Medical Mission Sisters, 8400 Pine Road, Philadelphia, PA 191119986. Online condolences may be shared at www.


One Year Ago Mayor Michael Gallmeier presented a plaque to retiring firefighter Dennis Hageman, who has 44 years of service to the city. Bob Jettinghoff also received a plaque from Gallmeier noting his 27 years of service to the city as a firefighter.

regular season with a 5-3 record by downing Coldwater 182.57-126.9 Saturday at Coldwater. St. John’s Julie Hanser won the floor exercises with 9.0. Nikki Wellmann was second at 8.9. Katie Hanser and Carmen Bruns of Coldwater tied for third at 8.8 and Cindy Alder took fourth with 8.6.

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ing the evening’s entertainment. First prize was awarded to Mrs. Albert Grothouse, second and traveling to Mrs. Elmer Beckman and low to Mrs. Harry Backus. Mrs. Paul Kaverman will be hostess to the club on April 1. 75 Years Ago – 1939 At a meeting of the Altar Society of St. John’s Church conducted at the school Sunday afternoon, officers for the local unit of the National Council of Catholic Women were chosen. The following will serve during the ensuing year: Mrs. A. C. Sendelbach, president; Mrs. N. J. Schmit, vice president; and Celina Birkmeier, secretary treasurer. Rose Fast and Mrs. Barney Eickholt are preparing for an opening of their place of business on Wednesday of this week. Mrs. Fast is assisted in the Vogue Hat Shop by Cecelia Mollenkopf and Clara Eickholt. Rita Druckemiller is manager of Margie’s Beauty Shoppe, owned by Mrs. Eickholt. Juanita Nollan is employed as operator. At a special feature, Ralph Marshall of Lima, former Allen County Sheriff, will demonstrate his skill as a pistol shot at the regular weekly meeting of the Delphos Kiwanis Club to be held Tuesday evening at the Beckman Hotel. Marshall is widely known as a pistol expert and was captain of the pistol team at the Olympic games.

WEATHER FORECAST Tri-county Associated Press TODAY: Partly cloudy in the morning then becoming mostly cloudy. Colder. Highs 10 to 15. West winds 5 to 15 mph. Wind chills 10 below to zero. TONIGHT: Very cold. Partly cloudy. Lows around 5 below. West winds 5 to 15 mph. Wind chills 10 below to 20 below zero. FRIDAY AND FRIDAY NIGHT: Very cold. Partly cloudy. Highs 10 to 15. Lows near zero. Southwest winds around 10 mph. Wind chills 10 below to 20 below zero. SATURDAY AND SATURDAY NIGHT : Cloudy with a 50 percent chance of snow. Highs 15 to 20. Lows 10 to 15. SUNDAY: Cloudy with a 30 percent chance of snow. Highs 15 to 20.

25 Years Ago – 1989 The Jefferson Wildcats, using strong play at the start of both halves and a slowed-down offense in the finale, held off an Ottoville squad 56-50 Saturday night to spoil the Big Green’s homecoming activities on a cold and snowy February evening. A 20-point effort from junior Jon Boggs and 10 each from senior Mike Minnig and junior Chris Renner led Jefferson as they raised their record to 10-6 overall on the season. Spencerville Police Department has been checking into alternatives to replace a volunteer dispatcher who resigned Jan. 31, after manning the phones 24 hours a day for seven years. According to Police Chief Harold Z. Zinsmeister, a tape-recorded message has replaced the dispatcher for now. The callers are being told to report their problems to the Allen County Sheriff’s Department, which will in turn dispatch Spencerville’s officers by radio. St. John’s gymnasts closed their

50 Years Ago – 1964 There was good news Thursday for farmers and plant workers from St. Marys Foods, Inc., of Delphos. The company announced a pilot project for purchasing cabbages and peppers locally. Effective Monday, St. Marys will go on a two-shift schedule until at least well into March. The Delphos plant produces some two dozen meat products under the Krey Packing Company label. The Delphos Kiwanis Club held its regular weekly meeting Thursday evening at the House of Vogts with the club president, Gene Hayes, presiding. During the meeting Hayes presented a one-year perfect attendance pin to Harry Gessner. Membership pins were also presented to Edgar Van Autreve, William Broaddus and William Corran, new members recently taken into the club. Mrs. Albert Herman was hostess to the members of the Del-Otto Club Wednesday in her home on North Main Street, with cards form-

Associated Press Today is Thursday, Feb. 6, the 37th day of 2014. There are 328 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Feb. 6, 1952, Britain’s King George VI died at Sandringham House in Norfolk, England; he was succeeded as monarch by his elder daughter, who became Queen Elizabeth II. On this date: In 1778, the United States won official recognition from France with the signing of a Treaty of Alliance in Paris. In 1788, Massachusetts became the sixth state to ratify the U.S. Constitution. In 1899, a peace treaty between the United States and Spain was ratified by the U.S. Senate. In 1911, Ronald Wilson Reagan, the 40th president of the United States, was born in Tampico, Ill. In 1922, Cardinal Archille Ratti was elected pope; he took the name Pius XI. In 1933, the 20th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, the so-called “lame duck” amendment, was proclaimed in effect by Secretary of State Henry Stimson. In 1943, a Los Angeles jury acquitted actor Errol Flynn of three counts of statutory rape. In 1959, the United States successfully test-fired for the first time a Titan intercontinental ballistic missile from Cape Canaveral. In 1973, Dixy Lee Ray was appointed by President Richard Nixon to be the first woman to head the Atomic Energy Commission. In 1992, 16 people were killed when a C-130 military transport plane crashed in Evansville, Ind. In 1994, actor Joseph Cotten died in Los Angeles at age 88. In 1998, President Bill Clinton signed a bill changing the name of Washington National Airport to Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport. Pop music star Falco, who’d had a 1986 hit with “Rock Me Amadeus,” died in a traffic accident in the Dominican Republic; he was 40. Ten years ago: President George W. Bush appointed a bipartisan commission to examine intelligence on Iraq’s weapons. (In a scathing 600-page report released in March 2005, the commission called the spy community “dead wrong on almost all of its prewar judgments” about Iraqi weaponry.) A suicide bomber set off an explosion that ripped through a Moscow subway car during rush hour, killing 41 people. Auto mechanic Joseph P. Smith was charged with kidnapping and murder after authorities in Sarasota, Fla., found the body of 11-year-old Carlie Brucia, whose abduction had been captured by a carwash surveillance camera. (Smith was later convicted and sentenced to death.) Five years ago: Key senators and the White House reached tentative agreement on an economic stimulus measure at the heart of President Barack Obama’s recovery plan. Federal health officials said Peanut Corp. of America, a Georgia peanut processor, had knowingly shipped salmonella-laced products as far back as 2007. Death claimed actors James Whitmore at age 87 and Philip Carey at age 83. One year ago: The U.S. Postal Service proposed eliminating Saturday mail delivery, an announcement that immediately drew protests from some lawmakers. At least nine people were killed by a tsunami that smashed into villages in the Solomon Islands, flattening dozens of homes in the South Pacific island chain. Toy maker Hasbro Inc. announced that Monopoly fans had voted online to add a cat token to the board game, replacing the iron. Today’s Birthdays: Actress Zsa Zsa Gabor is 97. Actor Patrick Macnee is 92. Actor Rip Torn is 83. Actress Mamie Van Doren is 83. Actor Mike Farrell is 75. Former NBC News anchorman Tom Brokaw is 74. Singer Fabian is 71. Actress Gayle Hunnicutt is 71. Actor Michael Tucker is 70. Producerdirector-writer Jim Sheridan is 65. Singer Natalie Cole is 64. Actor Jon Walmsley is 58. Actress Kathy Najimy is 57. Rock musician Simon Phillips (Toto) is 57. Actor-director Robert Townsend is 57. Actor Barry Miller is 56. Actress Megan Gallagher is 54. Rock singer Axl Rose (Guns N’ Roses) is 52. Country singer Richie McDonald is 52. Singer Rick Astley is 48. Rock musician Tim Brown (Boo Radleys) is 45. Actor Brandon Hammond is 30. Actress Alice Greczyn is 28.

CLEVELAND (AP) — These Ohio lotteries were drawn Wednesday: Classic Lotto 03-08-15-17-36-38, Kicker: -4-2-0-6-5 Estimated jackpot: $59.6 million Mega Millions Estimated jackpot: $107 million Pick 3 Evening 6-4-1 Pick 3 Midday 1-2-4 Pick 4 Evening 7-7-2-6 Pick 4 Midday 0-1-2-9 Pick 5 Evening 3-7-0-3-3 Pick 5 Midday 5-1-8-9-4 Powerball 08-17-32-57-59, Powerball: 24, Power Play: 3 Rolling Cash 5 02-06-20-31-37 Estimated jackpot: $110,000

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Reviews: no policy change need post execution
COLUMBUS (AP) — Initial reviews of Ohio’s lengthiest execution during which an inmate repeatedly gasped found no reason to change the way the state puts condemned prisoners to death. The reviews, required by Ohio’s prison rules, found that the state’s execution policy was followed and the execution and medical team members did what they were supposed to. The findings are important because the Department of Rehabilitation and Correction is under strict instructions from a federal judge to stick to its written policies, last updated in October. Ohio also is planning a longer review of Dennis McGuire’s Jan. 16 execution looking more closely at what happened during the procedure. McGuire’s 26-minute execution was the longest since Ohio resumed putting inmates to death in 1999. His family is suing, saying it was cruel and inhumane. “I find no reason for revision of policy for future executions,” Joseph Andrews, an independent reviewer of the execution, said in a Jan. 27 memo. “The process worked very well,” Donald Morgan, warden of the Southern Ohio Correctional Facility, where Ohio’s death chamber is located, said in his report. McGuire was executed for the 1989 rape and stabbing death of Joy Stewart, 22, a recently married pregnant woman in western Ohio. The results of the reviews were first reported by The Dayton Daily News. Lawyers representing Gregory Lott, scheduled to die March 19 for a 1986 arson death, are suing to stop that execution based on what happened to McGuire. McGuire, 53, made repeated snorting sounds and opened and shut his mouth several times during his execution by a never-tried drug combo. He appeared to be unconscious during that time.

National Girl Scout Cookie Weekend set for this weekend
Information submitted LIMA — The Girl Scout Cookie Program is the largest girl-led business in the world, which teaches girls five essential life skills: goal setting, decision making, money management, business ethics and people skills. To celebrate such a monumental program, this year Girl Scouts has named Feb. 7−8 National Girl Scout Cookie Weekend. Roni Luckenbill, Girl Scouts of Western Ohio CEO stated, “We’re excited to celebrate National Girl Scout Cookie Weekend and share with the community the benefits of Girl Scout Cookie Program, which teaches five essential life skills.” When it comes to skill building, statistics show the Girl Scout Cookie Program works. According to a survey from the Girl Scout Research Institute, 85 percent of Girl Scout “cookie entrepreneurs” learn money management by developing budgets, taking cookie orders and handling customers’ money. Eighty-three percent build business ethics, 80 percent learn goal setting, 77 percent improve decision making and 75 percent develop people skills. Caitlin Puff, a Girl Scout Cadette from Girl Scouts of Western Ohio’s Lima region, agrees that the cookie program teaches essential life skills. “I have learned so much about business skills and decision making from the Girl Scout Cookie Program. I’ve also learned that I have to work hard if I want to accomplish my goals,” she said. All the revenue earned from cookie activities — every penny after paying the baker — stays with the local Girl Scout council that sponsors the sale. Councils use cookie revenue to supply essential services to troops, groups and individual girls, such as providing program resources and communication support, training adult volunteers and


Preble County man gets Purple Heart decades later
CELINA (AP) — A western Ohio man who survived being shot in the head during the Vietnam War finally got his Purple Heart. Maurice Miller, a farmer in Preble County, north of Dayton, was recently awarded the medal after son-in-law West Foster heard his story and pursued the issue with his congressman and the Army. Miller had never told anyone about how he survived being shot as he held off enemy fire during a battle on the Mekong Delta. He brought up his survival story in a conversation last year with Foster, who asked if he could pursue the issue. The Dayton Daily News reports that Foster, also an Army veteran, wrote to their congressman, U.S. Rep. John Boehner, and the Army. Miller was presented with the Purple Heart Jan. 31.

conducting events. As part of their experience in any Girl Scout product activity, girls can earn official Girl Scout awards at every level of Girl Scouting, including cookie and financial literacy badges and the annual Cookie Activity pin. “The Girl Scout Cookie Program is the premier entrepreneurship opportunity for girls but it is just one part of the Girl Scout Leadership Experience,” said Luckenbill. “Girl Scouts participate in many activities throughout the year and work on many projects. Cookies are just one of those activities. It’s not too late for girls to join Girl Scouting—we want all girls who wish to be a Girl Scout to be able to join. We also welcome adults who wish to make a difference in girls’ lives to volunteer with Girl Scouts.” A new Girl Scouts of USA marketing campaign reinforces a more contemporary message with the theme, “This Is What a Girl Can Do.” And, for ease of purchase, customers can now find their Girl Scout Cookies using a free app available for iPhone or Android at or can visit and click on the Cookie Locator banner.

State’s major parties fend off 2014 primaries
JULIE CARR SMYTH Associated Press COLUMBUS — Ohio’s Republican and Democratic gubernatorial front-runners were cleared for a primary-free showdown on Wednesday amid complaints both parties got too aggressive in pushing out challengers. The Democrats had a primary looming as recently as last Friday, before Hamilton County Commissioner Todd Portune quietly withdrew his late bid against Cuyahoga County Executive Ed FitzGerald. The Republican primary field was cleared for firstterm Gov. John Kasich earlier in January, when would-be challenger Ted Stevenot, a tea party favorite, left the race less than a week after joining it. Tea party activists who don’t consider Kasich conservative enough talked about other possible candidates, but none moved forward. Portune and Stevenot both said they would have liked to take their campaigns farther but party pressure got in the way. Neither was among candidates who filed by Wednesday’s deadline for the May 6 primary. Such concerns aren’t unusual to hear from underdog challengers but were a surprise this year because neither party was expected to face a primary — then both did, said John Green, director of the University of Akron’s Bliss Institute for Applied Politics. Green said incumbent governors rarely have a primary, and Ohio Democrats eager to maximize their chances of beating him were doing their best to rally leaders, officeholders, donors and activists behind FitzGerald. “There were, no doubt, people against those challenges,” he said. He noted party leaders often oppose primaries as unnecessarily divisive and expensive, while supporters view them as a good way to air party differences. FitzGerald had been running since early last year, but Portune entered the race Dec. 30 after a flap over tax liens prompted FitzGerald’s first running mate to drop out of the race. He said he was hearing from rank-andfile Democrats the desire for a choice. Portune saw his effort to mount a challenge to FitzGerald fizzle when he ran into problems attracting a running mate, a requirement before the filing deadline for governor. He said last month he thought some potential lieutenant governor candidates were scared off by party leaders’ opposition. “The party has made it very clear that it doesn’t want this to happen. There is a lot of pressure on would-be candidates,” Portune said. On the Republican side, Stevenot was saying exactly the same things — tea party activists wanted a choice

and, when he dropped out, that party pressure had come to bear. “I do this reluctantly, because I know that part of what has gone wrong with our political process is that the two major parties have made it exceedingly difficult for a common person to run for office,” he said. Ohio Democratic Chairman Chris Redfern rejected suggestions the party blocked Portune’s gubernatorial aspirations. In a Wednesday interview, he said the party carries out an extensive public process leading to its endorsements of statewide candidates and Portune was never part of that process. “It’s public. We can’t have it in a back room. It’s not, ‘Let’s make a decision to go with so-and-so and no one will know it,’ in a smoke-filled room and all that stuff. That’s not the way it works,” he said. “This is why I get a little exasperated at this notion that the fix was in and we were all out to get Todd Portune out of the race.” Chris Schrimpf, a spokesman for the Republicans, said it’s the party’s practice to stick by incumbents. Green said he didn’t see party leaders being any more, or less, aggressive than usual. But he said because both Portune and Stevenot effectively represented dissident voices and weren’t in the party pipeline for future office, gentle negotiation wasn’t likely. three times the rate of increase in total precipitation between 1958 and 2007.” And some regions of the country “have seen as much as a 67 percent increase in the amount of rain or snow falling in the heaviest storms.” And Oskin points out that while we may be bundling up and shoveling out in the U.S., it’s turned into another scorcher of a summer in the Southern Hemisphere: 2013 was Australia’s hottest year on record, and 2014 has started off even hotter, with temperatures soaring to 125°F and severe fire warnings issued in at least two states there. Apparently global warming is still on. EarthTalk® is written and edited by Roddy Scheer and Doug Moss and is a registered trademark of E - The Environmental Magazine ( w w w. e m a g a z i n e . c o m ) . Send questions to:

E - The Environmental Magazine Dear EarthTalk: Does the fact that we’ve had such a cold and snowy winter mean that global warming might not be such a big problem after all? — Lacey L., Lynchburg, VA It’s tempting to think that the cold air and snow outside augur the end of global warming, but don’t rejoice yet. According to the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS), weather and climate are two very different beasts: “Weather is what’s happening outside the door right now; today a snowstorm or a thunderstorm is approaching. Climate, on the other hand, is the pattern of weather measured over decades.” Isolated weather events and even seasonal trends are not an indication of

global warming’s existence one way or another, and most climatologists agree that the carbon pollution we have been spewing into the atmosphere for the past century is leading to more frequent and intense storms of every kind and causing greater temperature swings all around the planet. In short, the harsh winter we are having shouldn’t be viewed as a refutation of global warming, but rather as further evidence of a growing problem. “There is a clear longterm global warming trend, while each individual year does not always show a temperature increase relative to the previous year, and some years show greater changes than others,” reports the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). The agency chalks up these year-to-year fluctua-

tions to natural processes such as El Niño or volcanic eruptions, but points out that, regardless, the 20 warmest years on record have occurred since 1981, while the 10 warmest were in the past 12 years. And global average temperatures have risen by 1.4°F overall since the early 20th century. According to Becky Oskin of, shrinking polar ice caps as a result of global warming in recent decades are one factor that may be contributing to the cold weather in North America this winter. “One way the shrinking ice changes weather is by pushing winter air south,” she reports. “When the stored ocean heat gradually escapes in autumn, it changes the pattern of an atmospheric wind called the polar vortex, streaming frigid Arctic air into North America and Europe.” Meanwhile, a 2012 study by researchers Jennifer Francis and Stephen Vavrus concluded that intense warming in the Arctic has caused changes to the jet stream that regulates air circulation around the planet, potentially leading to stronger winter storms hitting the eastern seaboard of the U.S. And what about all that snow? “Hotter air around the globe causes more moisture to be held in the air than in prior seasons,” reports UCS. “When storms occur, this added

The harsh winter we are having shouldn’t be viewed as a refutation of global warming, but rather as further evidence of a growing problem. Pictured: Trying to get around in Cortland, Ill., on Jan. 4. (Flickr/Michael Kappel photo) moisture can fuel heavier precipitation in the form of more intense rain or snow.” The U.S. is already enduring more intense rain and snowstorms, says the group: “The amount of rain or snow falling in the heaviest one percent of storms has risen nearly 20 percent, averaged nationally—almost

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Tickets on sale for Pork Banquet
Information submitted KALIDA — Tickets are still available for the 2014 Putnam County Pork Banquet. You can purchase tickets for the banquet at the Putnam County Extension office in Ottawa or from any member of The Putnam County Swine Committee. The 2014 Putnam County Pork Banquet is scheduled for Feb. 17 at the Kalida Knights of Columbus hall. Dinner will start the evening off at 6:30 p.m. The speaker for the evening will be David White from The Ohio Farm Bureau Federation. The subject of his talk will be “Building Trust with Consumers about Food, Farming and Agriculture.” Cost is $10 per ticket.

Elida FFA Greenhand Team places third in state contest

The Elida FFA Greenhand Quiz Team placed third out of 110 schools in the Ohio FFA Greenhand Career Development Event. This contest is an online test taken by 1,610 first-year Ohio FFA members. The contest tests student knowledge about the Ohio FFA, National FFA, FFA history and parliamentary procedure skills. Elida team members are seated left to right: Ben Strayer 45th, Andrew Line 37th, Caleb Newland 16th, Olivia Morales 12th, Jenna Foust 24th, Tracey Long 27th and Dalton Blymyer 58th. Standing left to right: Cassidy Conn 193rd, Sky Stemen 256th, Madison Barge 253rd, Jarrett Cummins 99th, A.J. Robbins 110th, Austin Calvelage 196th, Dylan Christy 187th, Katelyn Groves 311th, Mallory Etzler 284th, Kirsten Chaney 139th and Hannah Fleishans 250th. (Photo submitted)

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Webinars offer local farmers ability to view state, national conventions
BY JAMES J. HOORMAN Ag Educator OSU-Extension Putnam County The first Corn, Soybean and Wheat Connection program is now available for viewing online. The program features Dr. Peter Thomison, State Specialist Corn Production, Ohio State University Extension, discussing “Optimizing Corn Yields-Assessing the Contribution of Key Agronomic Management Factors.” The second program topic is “Seed Treatments in Corn: Impacts on Pests and Pollinators” presented by Dr. Andy Michel, State Specialist Field Crops Entomology, Ohio State University Extension and Dr. Reed Johnson, Entomologist Apiculture, The Ohio State University. The program can be viewed at Please note the first 30 seconds of the program were cut off. The second of three webinars for Ohio farmers and industry offered by Ohio State University Extension called Corn, Soybean and Wheat Connection is scheduled for Tuesday. This program will focus on soybean production. The final program on Feb. 25 has weed control as the topic. Tuesday’s program from 7-8:30 p.m. will include topics: “Everything but the Kitchen Sink: High Input Soybean Production” by Dr. Laura Lindsey, State Specialist Soybean and Small Grains Production, Ohio State University Extension; and “Updates on Fungicides and Resistance, Soybean Cyst Nematode and Seed Treatments” by Dr. Anne Dorrance, State Specialist Plant Pathology Soybeans, Ohio State University Extension. There are three viewing options for individuals to participate in these sessions. Option 1: Program will be recorded and available online 10 days after the program. The location address will be published in CORN Newsletter or by visiting This is by far the easiest way to view the webinar since you can do it anytime you want after it is posted on the web. See WEBINARS, page 10

Ohio Department of Agriculture honors Cattlemen’s Association VW County
Information submitted COLUMBUS — Ohio Department of Agriculture Director David T. Daniels presented a certificate of recognition to the Allen County Cattlemen’s Association for the outstanding service to the Allen County Fair. The Cattlemen’s Association was one of six special awards given by Daniels for outstanding service. The cattlemen raise funds through their food booth at the Allen County Fair to help with facility improvements and beef programming. President Joe Sanders and members accepted the certificate on behalf of the association. The presentation was made during the annual meeting of Ohio’s 94 agricultural societies at the Ohio Fair Managers Association convention. Fair board delegates from Ohio’s counties and independent fairs and the Ohio State Fair participated in the convention in Columbus. For more information on Ohio’s fairs, including a listing of fair dates for the 2014 season, visit

KALIDA — The Kalida FFA Chapter will host a Strawberry Sale to raise money for leadership conferences, contest registrations and other chapter activities. These strawberries are picked fresh in Plant City, Fla., and shipped directly to Kalida High School. These strawberries are known to be some of the best strawberries in the country. Strawberries will be sold for $25 for a flat of eight quarts and $14 for a half flat of four quarts. Orders can be placed with Allen County Cattlemen’s Association from left to right, any FFA member or by callfront row, Austin Pohlman and Alan Hefner; and back ing the high school at 419-532row, Joe Sanders, Director David Daniels, Dave Mayer and 3529. Orders will be taken for Denny Pohlman. (Photo submitted) strawberries until Feb. 21 with delivery happening the week of March 17.

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Sharing health & hope
The entries in Media in Education (MIE) coloring contest are in and the winners have been selected. People all the way from the Ohio counties of Miami north to Wood, from Hardin west to Van Wert added color to two black-and-white garden scenes that were printed in their local newspaper. Entrants used crayons, markers, glitter, beads and even pipe cleaners to bring the pages to life. Some sent in poems, too. All of the vibrant, happy pages will be displayed in West Central and Northwest Ohio health and senior living facilities in February as a colorful “Garden of Health and Hope” to brighten up winter days.

What makes you happy, healthy and hopeful

I think what makes you happy is being with people you love. When you are happy you make everyone around you happy. Just by smiling at someone you can change their day and make them happier. So next time give someone a big, pearly-white smile. What makes you healthy is eating the proper diet and exercising. When you eat healthy, it gives your body the proper nutrition. When you exercise, yo make your muscles stronger and burn fat that is not healthy. So if you want to be healthy, eat proper and exercise. What makes you hopeful is having hope. To have hope is to feel like you are going to have something. Hope is only thing strong than fear. Hope is knowing there is something for you. Kara Gossman, Delphos

The Delphos Herald coloring contest winners are: Age 5-8: •Alex Martz, Delphos Rachel Ryan, Delphos Age 9-12 • Kara Gossman, Delphos • Cheyenne Pohlman, Delphos • Kambrynn Rohr, Delphos Age 13-16 • Amber Palte, Delphos

Continental farmer grows slick alternative
Information submitted CONTINENTAL — Ohio farmers are growing a new product that creates an oil that could serve as a renewable alternative to petroleum in making motor oils and other lubricants – high oleic soybeans. These innovative soybeans have the potential to expand demand for a product grown in Ohio and decrease our country’s dependence on foreign oil. “It’s great to do anything that helps out our soy products and customers,” said Dan Heitzman, who farms in Continental. “This soybean has several uses already and more are being discovered.” While soybean oil is already used in many everyday products, high oleic soybeans have better functionality for some industrial users.

Farm bill doesn’t just benefit farmers
BY MARY CLARE JALONICK Associated Press WASHINGTON — It isn’t just farmers who will benefit from the sweeping farm bill that Congress has sent President Barack Obama. There’s also help for rural towns, grocery stores in low-income areas and, most notably, the nation’s 47 million food stamp recipients. After years of setbacks, the Senate passed the nearly $100 billion-a-year measure Tuesday on a 62-38 vote. The White House said the president will sign the bill Friday in Michigan, home state of Senate Agriculture Chairwoman Debbie Stabenow. Farmers in every region would still receive generous subsidies — from Southern peanut growers to Midwest corn farmers and dairies around the country. The support is designed to provide a financial cushion in the face of unpredictable weather

The oil from these soybeans lasts longer in high-heat situations, such as in engines, so it can meet an important performance need of motor oil manufacturers. An early adopter of this soybean oil, Environmental Lubricants Manufacturing, Inc. (ELM), is using the oil from high oleic soybeans in its industrial lubricant, UltraLube, and seeing the benefits. “Before high oleic, we had to rely on chemical modification of commodity oil to increase stability, which added to costs,” said Lou Honary, chairman of ELM. “High oleic soybeans produce an oil with a natural stability that increases the lifetime of our products and is more desirable for formulators of grease and lubricants like us.” See ALTERNATIVE, page 10

VAN WERT — Join us Feb. 25 for our annual Van Wert County Ag Day with registration beginning at 8:30 a.m. Guest speakers and subjects to be covered include Bruce Clevenger, OSU Defiance County Extension Educator, “Computer Record Keeping: Is Quicken Training in your Future?”; Eric Romich, OSU Field Specialist, “Alternative Energy Production Down on the Farm: Solar Power”; Eric Richer, OSU Fulton County Extension Educator, “Farm Business Transition to the Next Generation: Up-coming Event”; Jim Noel, NOAA Service Coordination Hydrologist, “Weather Outlook for 2014 Growing Season”; Clifton Martin, OSU Soybean Disease Researcher-OARDC, “Soybean Diseases: What’s Holding your Production Back?”; and Curtis E. Young, OSU Van Wert County Extension Educator, “Western Corn Rootworm Challenge to Rootworm Resistant Corn Hybrids.” A very informative day will also include continental breakfast and lunch, plus meeting materials for only $15 with preregistration, $20 for walk-ins. Ag Day will be held in the Junior Fair Building on the Van Wert County Fairgrounds. Come early and browse our sponsor booths. Door prizes will be offered at the end of the meeting at approximately 3:30 p.m. Register by calling the OSU Extension Van Wert County office at 419-238-1214. Registration deadline is Feb. 21.

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and market conditions. But the bulk of its cost is for the food stamp program, which aids 1 in 7 Americans. The bill would cut food stamps by $800 million a year, or around 1 percent. House Republicans had hoped to reduce the bill’s costs even further, pointing to a booming agriculture sector in recent years and arguing that the now $80 billion-a-year food stamp program has spiraled out of control. The House passed a bill in September that would have reduced the cost of food stamps five times more than the eventual cut. Those partisan disagreements stalled the bill for more than two years, but conservatives were eventually outnumbered as the Democratic Senate, the White House and a still-powerful bipartisan coalition of farmstate lawmakers pushed to get the bill done. See BENEFIT, page 10

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Make-Ahead Philly Beef Strata 7 cups cubed (1 inch) French bread 1 bag (1 pound) frozen bell pepper and onion stir-fry 1/2 pound thinly sliced cooked roast beef (from deli), cut into bite-sized strips (1 1/2 cups) 2 cups shredded Monterey Jack cheese (8 ounces) 8 eggs 2 1/4 cups milk 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/2 teaspoon pepper Spray 13x9-inch (3 quart) glass baking dish or 3-quart oval casserole with cooking spray. Spread 1/3 of the bread cubes in baking dish. Top evenly with 1/3 of the bell pepper and onion stirfry and 1/3 of the beef. Sprinkle with 1/3 of the cheese. Repeat layers twice, ending with cheese. In large bowl, beat eggs. Stir in all remaining ingredients; pour evenly over cheese. Cover tightly

Putnam libraries set February events
The Putnam County District Library in Ottawa has announced the following offerings for February at its location and other branches: Mystery Lovers Book Club The Putnam County District Library in Ottawa will have a Book Talk at 10 a.m. on Saturday. The title is “The Murder at Ford’s Theatre” by Margaret Truman. Registration is required so enough books can be ordered. Some of the authors we will be reading are: Anne Perry, Debbie Macomber, Susan Albert, Mary Jane Clark, Paul Gaus, Joan Hess and Sue Grafton. For any questions, call the library at 419-5233747 and ask for Jan. Family Fun Night Bingo The Putnam County District Library will have Bingo at two library locations in February: 6:30 p.m. Tuesday in Ottawa and 6:30 p.m. Feb. 13 in Kalida. Come as a family or bring a friend to this free program and try to win some prizes. This program is sponsored by the Friends of the Putnam County District Library. Any questions, you can call the Ottawa library at 419523-3747 or Kalida library at 419-532-2129. Movie Night at the Library The Putnam County District Library in Ottawa will offer at 6 p.m. on Feb. 19. Hint: A guy has a perfect life…he thought until his wife asks for a divorce. Now he has to navigate the single scene but his heart keeps leading him back to where he began. All are welcome to see this free movie. All under the age of 13 must be accompanied by a parent or have a consent form on file. This program is sponsored by The Friends of the Putnam County District Library. For any questions, call the Ottawa Library at 419-5233747. Touches From the Heart Touches From the Heart will be at the Leipsic Edwards-Gamper Memorial location at 11 a.m. on Sat. Feb. 22. Julie Honigford will offer free warm drinks, coffees and teas. She will also be sharing information about the different types. This program is sponsored by the Friends of the Putnam County District Library. Family Fun Movie Night The Putnam County District Library in Ottawa will offer the movie at 6 p.m. Feb. 25. Hint: Turkeys travel back in time to change their future. All are welcome to see this free movie. This program is sponsored by The Friends of the Putnam County District Library. For any questions, call the Ottawa Library at 419-523-3747. Visit our website for more programs at www.

TODAY 9-11 a.m. — The Delphos Canal Commission Museum, 241 N. Main St., is open. 11:30 a.m. — Mealsite at Delphos Senior Citizen Center, 301 Suthoff St. 1-3 p.m. — The Delphos Museum of Postal History, 339 N. Main St., is open. 5-7 p.m. — The Interfaith Thrift Store is open for shopping. 6:30 p.m. — Delphos Ladies Club, Trinity United Methodist Church. 7 p.m. — Delphos Emergency Medical Service meeting, EMS building, Second Street. 7:30 p.m. — Delphos Chapter 23, Order of Eastern Star, meets at the Masonic Temple, North Main Street. FRIDAY 7:30 a.m. — Delphos Optimist Club meets at the A&W Drive-In, 924 E. Fifth St. 11:30 a.m. — Mealsite at Delphos Senior Citizen Center, 301 Suthoff St. 1-4 p.m. — Interfaith Thrift Store is open for shopping. SATURDAY 8:30-11:30 a.m. — St. John’s High School recycle, enter on East First Street. 9 a.m. - noon — Interfaith Thrift Store is open for shopping. St. Vincent dePaul Society, located at the east edge of the St. John’s High School parking lot, is open. Cloverdale recycle at village park. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. — Delphos Postal Museum is open. 12:15 p.m. — Testing of warning sirens by Delphos Fire and Rescue. 1-3 p.m. — Delphos Canal Commission Museum, 241 N. Main St., is open. 7 p.m. — Bingo at St. John’s Little Theatre. SUNDAY 1-3 p.m. — The Delphos Canal Commission Museum, 241 N. Main St., is open. 1-4 p.m. — Putnam County Museum is open, 202 E. Main St. Kalida. MONDAY 11:30 a.m. — Mealsite at Delphos Senior Citizen Center, 301 Suthoff St. 6 p.m. — Middle Point Village Council meets 6:30 p.m. — Shelter from the Storm support group meets in the Delphos Public Library basement. 7 p.m. — Marion Township trustees at township house. Middle Point council meets at town hall. 7:30 p.m. — Delphos City Schools Board of Education meets at the administration office. Delphos Knights of Columbus meet at the K of C hall. Delphos Eagles Aerie 471 meets at the Eagles Lodge. TUESDAY 11:30 a.m. — Mealsite at Delphos Senior Citizen Center, 301 Suthoff St. 7:30 p.m. — Ottoville Emergency Medical Service members meet at the municipal building. Ottoville VFW Auxiliary members meet at the hall. Fort Jennings Local School District board members meet at the high school library. Alcoholics Anonymous, First Presbyterian Church, 310 W. Second St. Elida village council meets at the town hall. WEDNESDAY 9 a.m. - noon — Putnam County Museum is open, 202 E. Main St. Kalida.

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The Delphos Area Art Guild has a myriad of classes, workshop, exhibits and events coming up. Early February classes include: Itty Bitty Art, “Parent and Me” Class with Shauna Smith Create memories and funfilled art with your child. Sessions begin from 9-9:45 p.m. Saturday for ages 2.5-5 years. The cost is $42 for six weeks. Sew a Skirt class with Jodi Hershey Enjoy building your sewing experience by sewing your own skirt. Class begins 4:30-5:30 p.m. Monday for kids ages 7- high school. The cost is $60 for four weeks. Additional classes to sign up for now are: — Teen Studio Art Night with Ali Geise and Culinary Treats on Feb. 21; Call 419-741-4118 or visit www.delphosareaartguild. com to view additional details and register online.

FEB. 10-14 MONDAY: Taco salad, fruit, coffee and 2 percent milk. TUESDAY: Pork roast, red potatoes, green beans, roll, margarine, custard, coffee and 2 percent milk. WEDNESDAY: Egg salad, pasta salad, fruit, coffee and 2 percent milk. THURSDAY: Beef tips, scalloped potatoes, wax beans, roll, margarine, cherry crisp, coffee and 2 percent milk. FRIDAY: Chili, grilled cheese, potato chips, dessert, coffee and 2 percent milk.

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Thursday, February 6, 2014

Free Agent Signings
NEW YORK (AP) — The 115 free agents who have signed, with name, position, former club if different, and contract. The contract information was obtained by The Associated Press from player and management sources. For players with minor league contracts, letter agreements for major league contracts are in parentheses: AMERICAN LEAGUE BALTMORE (2) — Signed Delmon Young, of, Tampa Bay, to a minor league contract ($1 million); re-signed Alexi Casilla, 2b, to a minor league contract. BOSTON (3) — Signed A.J. Pierzynski, c, Texas, to an $8.25 million, one-year contract; signed Edward Mujica, rhp, St. Louis, to a $9.5 million, two-year contract; re-signed Mike Napoli, 1b, to a $32 million, two-year contract. CHICAGO (2) — Re-signed Paul Konerko, 1b, to a $2.5 million, one-year contract; signed Scott Downs, lhp, Atlanta, to a $4 million, one-year contract. CLEVELAND (3) — Re-signed Jason Giambi, 1b, to a minor league contract ($1 million); signed David Murphy, of, Texas, to a $12 million, two-year contract; signed David Aardsma, rhp, New York Mets, to a minor league contract, DETROIT (3) — Signed Joe Nathan, rhp, Texas, to a $10 million, two-year contract; signed Rajai Davis, of, Toronto, to a $10 million, two-year contract; signed Joba Chamberlain, rhp, New York Yankees, to a $2.5 million, one-year contract. HOUSTON (5) — Signed Scott Feldman, rhp, Baltimore, to a $30 million, three-year contract; signed Chad Qualls, rhp, Miami, to a $6 million, two-year contract; signed Matt Albers, rhp, Cleveland, to a $2.45 million, one-year contract; signed Jesse Crain, rhp, Tampa Bay, to a $3.25 million, one-year contract; signed Cesar Izturis, ss, Cincinnati, to a minor league contract ($600,000). KANSAS CITY (3) — Signed Jason Vargas, lhp, Los Angeles Angels, to a $32 million, four-year contract; signed Omar Infante, 2b, Detroit, to a $30.25 million, four-year contract; re-signed Bruce Chen, lhp, to a $4.25 million, one-year contract. LOS ANGELES (6) — Signed Joe Smith, rhp, Cleveland, to a $15.75 million, three-year contract; signed Raul Ibanez, of, Seattle, to a $2.75 million, one-year contract; signed John McDonald, ss, Boston, to a minor league contract; signed Yorvit Torrealba, c, Colorado, to a minor league contract; signed Carlos Pena, 1b, Kansas City, to a minor league contract ($1 million); signed Chad Tracy, 3b-1b, Washington, to a minor league contract. See AGENT, page 7

Ohio State stocks up with several top linebackers
By RUSTY MILLER Associated Press COLUMBUS — It’s not the same as a victory on the field. Yet having a nationally ranked recruiting class is almost as important to Ohio State coach Urban Meyer. “I hear people say it’s not important,” Meyer said Wednesday on the first day athletes could sign up to play majorcollege football. “I disagree. As long as you’re keeping score we’re going to try to win. I’m disappointed we weren’t the No. 1 recruiting class in the country.” The Buckeyes had to settle for No. 3 in the country, according to most of the experts. Meyer and his staff were seeking reinforcements at several thin spots — principally linebacker and offensive line — and were pleased with what they got. “There is a correlation between how teams do and where your recruiting class is ranked,” said Meyer, 24-2 through two years at Ohio State after winning two national titles at Florida. “But certainly that’s not the final product because you’ve got to coach and develop them after you get them here. But we do pay attention to (the national recruiting rankings).” Ohio State locked up 23 players, including four linebackers, five offensive linemen and four wide receivers. The Buckeyes needed help at all of those positions, since top linebacker Ryan Shazier left a year early for the NFL draft, the line loses four senior starters and the leading receiver is also graduating. Perhaps the biggest get was Raekwon McMillan, a 6-2, 249-pound brute out of Georgia who some scouting services called the best linebacker in the nation. “Every time I visited Ohio State I felt it was the place for me,” said McMillan, who chose Ohio State over several powerhouses including Clemson, which beat the Buckeyes in the Orange Bowl. “Everything about it was great. Coach Meyer, the coaching staff is one of the best in the nation and I really like working with these guys.” Meyer has been unhappy with his linebacker play. He clearly took a step toward changing that by also bringing in Ohio Associated Press Mr. Football Dante Booker Jr. out of LeBron James’ high school, St. Vincent-St. Mary in Akron, along with Kyle Berger from Cleveland St. Ignatius and Sam Hubbard of Cincinnati Moeller — three of the top prep programs in the state. Johnnie Dixon, a fleet wide-out from West Palm Beach, Fla., said he hoped to step right in and play. “I’ve just got to work hard,” he added. “Nothing is ever given to you. Depending on how hard you work, it’s there.”
A thumbnail look at Ohio State’s recruiting class Kyle Berger Linebacker / 6-2, 225 Cleveland, Ohio / St. Ignatius Did not play as a senior after injuring a knee in a preseason football scrimmage in August . a consensus 4-star prospect heading into his senior season, he was one of the top defensive players in Ohio after a junior season in which he had 105 tackles and 10 quarterback sacks among his 44 tackles-for-loss. Dante Booker Linebacker / 6-3, 215 Akron, Ohio / St. Vincent-St. Mary The 2013 Ohio Mr. Football, Dante Booker is considered one of the very best players in the nation with a 5-star rating from 247Sports and a No. 13 overall ranking . the first defensive player to win Ohio Mr. Football since Andy Katzenmoyer in 1995, Booker is rated the No. 2 outside linebacker by 247Sports, the No. 4 OLB by Scout and the No. 4 inside linebacker by Rivals . ESPN rated him No. 8 on the outside . Associated Press


Division III all-state in 2012 and 2013, and the defensive player of the year in 2013 . totaled 126 tackles as a senior and led St. Vincent-St. Mary to back-to-back state championships, including a perfect, 15-0 record in 2013 and a 13-2 mark in 2012. Noah Brown Wide Receiver / 6-2, 225 Sparta, N.J. / Pope John XXIII Listed as high as the No. 9 “athlete” by Rivals and No. 13 by 247Sports . first-team all-New Jersey by the Newark Star-Ledger as a senior after amassing 1,363 total offensive yards and 21 touchdowns while helping Pope John, coached by Brian Carlson, reach the non-public league Group 3. Parris Campbell Wide Receiver / 6-1, 184 Akron, Ohio / St. Vincent-St. Mary Rankings as high as the No. 14 running back (Scout), No. 15 athlete (Rivals), No. 19 wide receiver (247Sports) and No. 22 athlete (ESPN) . Associated Press Division III all-state in 2013 after rushing for 1,584 yards and 22 touchdowns and helping lead St. VincentSt. Mary to a repeat state championship with a 15-0 record. Stephen Collier Quarterback / 6-3, 210 Leesburg, Ga. / Lee County H.S. Passed for more than 4,000 yards, rushed for 1,500 yards and had 78 touchdowns (passing and rushing) at Lee County High School . accounted for a Lee County school-record 44 touchdowns this season to lead his team to a 10-2 record, the Region 1-AAAAA title and a berth in the Georgia state. Johnnie Dixon Wide Receiver / 5-11, 195 West Palm Beach, Fla. / Dwyer H.S. Competed at the 2014 U.S. Army All-American Bowl in San Antonio . has a reported 4.37 time in the 40 . ranked No. 15 at his position by Rivals and No. 30 by Scout . helped Dwyer High School to its second Florida Class 7A state championship in school history and its first-ever unbeaten season (15-0) in 2013. Jalyn Holmes Defensive Lineman / 6-5, 240 Norfolk, Va. / Lake Taylor Registered 59 tackles-for-loss including 21 sacks the last two seasons … Ranked as high as the No. 4 weak-side defensive end by both Rivals and 247Sports and the No. 13 defensive end, overall, by Scout . helped Lake Taylor to a 10-3 record in 2013 and reach the semifinals of the Virginia 4A state championship tournament.

Ohio State overwhelming leader in Big Ten recruiting
By ERIC OLSON Associated Press Catholic High. Michigan State edged out Penn State for second-best class in the Big Ten. The Spartans are ranked no higher than 21st nationally by the analysts but it’s still their best finish since 2009. MSU coach Mark Dantonio’s biggest victory might have been hanging on to defensive lineman Malik McDowell of Southfield, Mich. His parents told reporters this week that they wanted their son to go out of state and he visited Ohio State. The Spartans did lose a lower-ranked defensive lineman in Darius Slade of Montclair, N.J. He switched his pledge from Nebraska to Michigan State two weeks ago and ended up signing with the Buckeyes. “That’s one of our teams we’re nose-to-nose with right now in recruiting,” Meyer said of the Spartans. “We don’t win them all because I know we lost a couple, too. But that’s a real battle right now.” Big Ten teams continued to increase the number of recruits signed from the Southeast. According to BTN, Big Ten schools signed 158 players from the conference’s footprint and 80 from SEC states. At Nebraska, 15 of its 24 recruits came from states that have SEC schools. Ohio State pulled one of the best linebackers in the country out of Georgia, and Penn State and Wisconsin brought in quarterbacks from Florida. “There are some quality kids that can escape and play in the Big Ten,” analyst Jeremy Crabtree said. “Big Ten coaches realize that if they want to compete on the national stage and beat the Alabamas and Florida States of the world, they’re going to have to fish where the fish are,and that’s in the Southeast.” Here are some things to know about the Big Ten recruiting classes: BEST CLASS: Ohio State, by far. IMPACT PLAYER: Peppers, Michigan. The 6-foot, 190-pounder is the best defensive player in the nation and the most heralded Michigan recruit in a long time. He’s penciled in at cornerback but could also play safety. Either way, he’ll be on the field next fall and might even start. He also could figure in as a punt returner. PLAYER TO WATCH: MLB Raekwon McMillan, Ohio State. The 6-2, 247-pounder from Hinesville, Ga., is a ferocious hitter who is widely regarded as the nation’s top inside linebacker prospect. He made 456 tackles as a 4-year starter at Liberty County High and is ready mentally and physically to play. Best of all is that he’s among seven Ohio State recruits already enrolled. BIGGEST SURPRISE: RB Jeff Jones, Minnesota. Yes, Jones is a hometown recruit, having prepped at Minneapolis Washburn. But the best players in the state have usually gone elsewhere. It’s testament to the job Jerry Kill has done with the Gophers that he was able to lock down one of the nation’s top players. Jones, coMVP of the Under Armour All-America game, stayed committed despite bids by Michigan and Florida. BIGGEST DUD: Big Ten newcomer Rutgers had 12 players back out on verbal commitments, an unfathomable number for a program that hasn’t had a coaching change or been hit with NCAA sanctions. Of those 12, five of them were 4-star recruits. What was regarded as one of the best Big Ten recruiting classes in the fall became one of the worst.

See OSU, page 7

NEW YORK (AP) — The 53 remaining free agents: AMERICAN LEAGUE BALTIMORE (2) — Jason Hammel, rhp; Francisco Rodriguez, rhp. BOSTON (2) — Stephen Drew, ss; Joel Hanrahan, rhp. CLEVELAND (3) — Rich Hill, lhp; Ubaldo Jimenez, rhp; Kelly Shoppach, c. DETROIT (2) — Jeremy Bonderman, rhp; Octavio Dotel, rhp. HOUSTON (1) — Erik Bedard, lhp. KANSAS CITY (2) — Ervin Santana, rhp; Miguel Tejada, 2b. NEW YORK (3) — Travis Hafner, dh; Andy Pettitte, lhp; Mariano Rivera, rhp. SEATTLE (3) — Kendrys Morales, dh; Oliver Perez, lhp; Joe Saunders, lhp. TAMPA BAY (1) — Fernando Rodney, rhp. TEXAS (2) — Lance Berkman, dh; Nelson Cruz, of. TORONTO (2) — Darren Oliver, lhp; Ramon Ortiz, rhp. ___ NATIONAL LEAGUE ATLANTA (2) — Luis

Remaining Free Agents

Ayala; rhp; Paul Maholm, lhp. CHICAGO (1) — Kevin Gregg, rhp. CINCINNATI (1) — Bronson Arroyo, rhp. COLORADO (3) — Rafael Betancourt, rhp; Todd Helton, 1b; Roy Oswalt, rhp. LOS ANGELES (4) — Chris Capuano, lhp; Jerry Hairston Jr., 3b; Carlos Marmol, rhp; Michael Young, 3b. MIAMI (4) — Matt Diaz, of; Austin Kearns, of; Juan Pierre, of; Placido Polanco, 3b. MILWAUKEE (1) — Mike Gonzalez, lhp. NEW YORK (5) — Tim Byrdak, lhp; Pedro Feliciano, lhp; Frank Francisco, rhp; Aaron Harang, rhp; Johan Santana, lhp. PHILADELPHIA (1) — Roy Halladay, rhp. PITTSBURGH (2) — A.J. Burnett, rhp; Jeff Karstens, rhp. ST. LOUIS (2) — Chris Carpenter, rhp; Jake Westbrook, rhp. SAN DIEGO (2) — Mark Kotsay, of; Jason Marquis, rhp. SAN FRANCISCO (2) — Andres Torres, of; Barry Zito, lhp

SB 48 sure was no Olympian tussle SEC dominates recruiting rankings once again
Metcalfe’s Musings
By STEVE MEGARGEE Associated Press The Southeastern Conference dominates recruiting as thoroughly as it rules the rest of college football. As Signing Day came to a close Wednesday, SEC schools filled seven of the top nine spots in the 247Sports Composite recruiting rankings, which equally weigh the ratings of all the major recruiting services. Last year, seven SEC programs ranked among the top 13 teams. Alabama led the way by finishing atop the team standings for a fourth consecutive year. Other SEC teams in the top 10 included No. 2 LSU, No. 5 Texas A&M, No. 6 Auburn, No. 7 Tennessee, No. 8 Georgia and No. 9 Florida. “It’s the nature of our conference,” Tennessee coach Butch Jones said. “That’s why it’s the most competitive conference in the country.” The SEC landed most of the top talent in its own territory and made an impact across the country. According to the 247Sports Composite, SEC schools landed the No. 1 prospect in the state in such non-SEC areas as Arizona (Texas A&M quarterback Kyle Allen), Iowa (Alabama offensive tackle Ross Pierschbacher), Illinois (LSU linebacker Clifton Garrett), Oklahoma (Alabama quarterback David Cornwell), Virginia (Alabama defensive end Da’Shawn Hand) and Wyoming (Florida offensive tackle Taven Bryan). The country is getting smaller,” LSU coach Les Miles said. “It is smaller with the technology. Phones are computer devices. Planes fly more efficiently and you can travel more efficiently. That’s what’s going on. Guys want the opportunity to play at the best programs. They want to go to places where they can play as freshmen. They want to go to places where they can show their skills to the NFL. Those schools have those advantages and that’s where the players want to go.” And even though the SEC must replace departing star quarterbacks Johnny Manziel, A.J. McCarron, Aaron Murray and Zach Mettenberger, it’s reloading quite well. Six of the top eight pro-style quarterbacks in the 247Sports Composite signed with SEC schools: Allen, Will Grier (Florida), Cornwell, Jacob Park (Georgia), Drew Barker (Kentucky) and Sean White (Auburn). —— Best class: Alabama’s class was ranked first in the nation by all the major recruiting services and included seven players rated as 5-star prospects by at least one service. Alabama’s collection of 5-star prospects includes defensive back Tony Brown, linebacker Rashaan Evans, Hand, defensive back Marlon Humphrey, offensive lineman Dominick Jackson, offensive lineman Cam Robinson and all-purpose athlete Bo Scarbrough. Impact player: LSU’s Leonard Fournette should step in and help the Tigers replace 1,400-yard rusher Jeremy Hill. Georgia’s Todd Gurley and Keith Marshall and Alabama’s T.J. Yeldon have shown recently that SEC running backs can make major impacts as freshmen. Fournette is rated as the nation’s No. 1 overall prospect in the 247Sports Composite. Players to watch: Texas A&M has a couple of them in Allen and defensive end Myles Garrett. Allen already has enrolled and will participate in spring practice with a legitimate shot at replacing Manziel, the 2012 Heisman Trophy winner. Defensive end Myles Garrett, the nation’s No. 2 overall prospect in the 247Sports Composite, should boost the pass rush of a Texas A&M defense that allowed the most points and yards per game of any SEC team last season. Biggest surprises: Tennessee had its fourth straight losing season last fall and Kentucky went 2-10, yet both teams signed their top classes in recent memory. Tennessee kept the state’s top players at home, something that had been a problem in recent years. Kentucky signed a prize quarterback prospect in Barker - a homestate product - and also made plenty of inroads in nearby Ohio. Biggest dud: A potential top-25 class at Vanderbilt was decimated after former Commodores coach James Franklin left for Penn State. New coach Derek Mason needed a flurry of commitments in the last 72 hours just to get Vanderbilt back in the top 50.

Ohio State signed the best recruiting class in the Big Ten. Michigan signed the best player. And Michigan State parlayed its conference championship and Rose Bowl victory into its best letter-of-intent signing day in five years. The Buckeyes on Wednesday unveiled the third-best recruiting class in the nation, according to, with only Alabama and LSU ranked higher. To illustrate the gap between Ohio State and the rest of the Big Ten, consider that the Buckeyes landed eight of’s top 100 players. The rest of the league combined to sign six. “Urban Meyer is recruiting at a completely different level than anybody else,” analyst Mike Farrell said. “If you had to categorize it, he’s No. 1 and the next closest is No. 4. There is obviously a No. 2 and No. 3 but they’re just not close to him.” About the only thing Meyer didn’t do was reel in the Big Ten’s highest-ranked recruit. Michigan accomplished that, signing cornerback Jabrill Peppers out of Paramus (N.J.)

By JIM METCALFE Sports Editor I know I am amongst many pro football fans that was shocked at Sunday’s Super Bowl. Not that the Seattle Seahawks won but how they dominated so thoroughly. I know there are some that will talk about how this taints Peyton Manning’s legacy. Rubbish. By the time he’s done, he will likely have every conceivable good passing record known to mankind (maybe some bad ones but that goes with the territory) and remains a sure-fire first-ballot Hall-of-Famer. The only thing is it won’t be unanimous but it wasn’t going to be because of some knucklehead that will “argue” that no one should be unanimous, etc. This was not a one-man show by any stretch. They simply got torched by a better team that was playing a better game that day — by far. Peyton Manning could have played his best game ever but it wouldn’t have helped; no one played well. The pundits are already talking about what kind of dynasty the Seahawks may be on the verge of starting. See MUSINGS, page 7

White nixes Olympic slopestyle
Associated Press KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia — Shaun White jammed his wrist on one jump and watched the world’s best snowboarders join him in tumbling down the supersized, superscary Olympic slopestyle course. Quickly, his choice became clear: Time to step away from the danger and give himself a better chance in the event he knows he can win. The world’s most famous snowboarder pulled out of the new Olympic event Wednesday, saying that after much deliberation, he has decided to bypass a chance at winning two gold medals at these games and instead concentrate on the halfpipe, where he’ll have a chance to win his third straight title next week. “With the practice runs I have taken, even after course modifications and watching fellow athletes get hurt, the potential risk of injury is a bit too much for me to gamble my other Olympics goals on,” White announced in a statement. The world’s most decorated rider in a sport known for its risk-takers, White’s decision was a stunner that dealt yet another blow to the still-to-start Sochi Games. They have been wracked by security threats and political dust-ups, along with the loss of at least one other headliner, injured American skier Lindsey Vonn. White isn’t leaving but his departure from an event that was essentially introduced at the Olympics this year to take advantage of his star power certainly can’t make the folks at the IOC or NBC too happy. “He’s a notable person and he probably would have brought more viewers to slopestyle,” said Nick Goepper, an American who competes in the skiing version of the event. IOC spokesman Mark Adams downplayed the idea that the course is too dangerous. “I don’t think that’s an issue,” he added. “A lot of the athletes have said they’re very happy, they like the venue.” Slopestyle qualifying starts today, the day before the opening ceremony. Snowboarding’s newest and mosthyped Olympic event is a judged sport — a speed-packed trip down the mountain, filled with rails, bumps and, most notably, steeply angled jumps that allow riders to flip two, sometimes three times, before landing. White hurt his wrist on one of the takeoff ramps, which were built “kind of obnoxiously tall,” according to one top rider, Canadian Mark McMorris. White, who had already hurt his shoulder and ankle in the lead-up to the Olympics, deemed his latest injury — the jammed wrist — as nothing serious and said reports about it were overblown but added there remained serious issues with the slopestyle course. “There are definitely concerns about the course,” he added. “It’s been interesting to see how it’s developed and changed over the past couple days. The big question is if it will continue to change. Because every day, they have riders meetings and they give feedback. Sometimes there’s changes, sometimes there’s not.” Reaction to White’s decision came from several corners, not all of it positive. “Mr. White… It’s easy to find excuses to pull out of a contest when you think you can’t win,” wrote Canadian rider Sebastian Toutant in a tweet that was later deleted. Maybe so but White certainly wasn’t alone in questioning the course. Australian Torah Bright, the defending women’s halfpipe champion who is trying to compete in three events this year — halfpipe, slopestyle and a racer’s version called snowboardcross — also described an overly treacherous few days of training. “We’re here as the world’s best snowboarders,” she told The Associated Press. “Too bad we don’t have a world-class course. The craftsmanship doesn’t match the world-class athletes that are here.” Out of slopestyle, White will now focus solely on next Tuesday’s contest in the halfpipe, which is essentially a hollowed-out ice shell with 22-foot (7-meter) sidewalls. There is danger there, but unlike slopestyle, it’s based mostly on the types of head-over-heels tricks the riders try and not the setup of the pipe. In a news conference about an hour before he gave first word of his decision to the “Today” show, White was asked whether halfpipe was more important to him. “For me, I definitely feel the halfpipe car-

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MINNESOTA (5) — Signed Ricky Nolasco, rhp, Los Angeles Dodgers, to a $49 million, four-year contract; signed Phil Hughes, rhp, New York Yankees, to a $24 million, three-year contract; signed Jason Kubel, of, Cleveland, to a minor league contract ($2 million); re-signed Mike Pelfrey, rhp, to an $11 million, two-year contract; signed Kurt Suzuki, c, Oakland, to a $2.75 million, one-year contract; signed Matt Guerrier, rhp, Chicago Cubs, to a minor league contract ($1 million). NEW YORK (8) — Re-signed Brendan Ryan, ss, to a $5 million, two-year contract; signed Brian McCann, c, Atlanta, to an $85 million, five-year contract; signed Kelly Johnson, inf-of, Tampa Bay, to a $3 million, one-year contract; re-signed Hiroki Kuroka, rhp, to a $16 million, one-year contract; signed Jacoby Ellsbury, of, Boston, to a $153 million, seven-year contract; signed Carlos Beltran, of, St. Louis, to a $45 million, three-year contract; signed Matt Thornton, lhp, Boston, to a $7 million, two-year contract; signed Brian Roberts, 2b, Baltimore, to a $2 million, one-year contract. OAKLAND (3) — Signed Nick Punto, inf, Los Angeles Dodgers, to a $3 million, one-year contract; signed Scott Kazmir, lhp, Cleveland, to a $22 million, two-year contract; signed Eric O’Flaherty, lhp, Atlanta, to a $7 million, twoyear contract. SEATTLE (8) — Signed Willie Bloomquist, 2b, Arizona, to a $5.8 million, one-year contract; signed Robinson Cano, 2b, New York Yankees, to a $240 million, 10-year contract; signed Corey Hart, of-1b, Milwaukee, to a $6 million, one-year contract; re-signed Franklin Gutierrez, of, to a $1 million, one-year contract; re-signed Humberto Quintero, c, to a minor league contract; signed John Buck, c, Pittsburgh, to a $1 million, one-year contract; re-signed Endy Chavez, of, to a minor league contract ($750,000); signed Scott Baker, rhp, Chicago Cubs, to a minor league contract ($1 million). TAMPA BAY (4) — Re-signed Jose Molina, c, to a $4.5 million, two-year contract; resigned Juan Oviedo, rhp, to a $1.5 million, one-year contract; re-signed James Loney, 1b, to a $21 million, three-year contract; signed Grant Balfour, rhp, Oakland, to a $12 million, two-year contract. TEXAS (4) — Re-signed Geovany Soto, c, to a $3.05 million, one-year contract; re-signed Jason Frasor, rhp, to a $1.75 million, one-

year contract; re-signed Colby Lewis, rhp, to a minor league contract; signed Shin-Soo Choo, of, Cincinnati, to a $130 million, seven-year contract. TORONTO (2) — Signed Dioner Navarro, c, Chicago Cubs, to an $8 million, two-year contract; re-signed Minoru Kawasaki, ss-2b, to a minor league contract. ___ NATIONAL LEAGUE ARIZONA (1) — Re-signed Eric Chavez, 3b, to a $3.5 million, one-year contract. ATLANTA (2) — Signed Gavin Floyd, rhp, Chicago White Sox, to a $4 million, one-year contract; re-signed Freddy Garcia, rhp, to a minor league contract ($1.25 million). CHICAGO (2) — Signed Tsuyoshi Wada, lhp, Baltimore, to a minor league contract ($800,000); signed Jose Veras, rhp, Detroit, to a $4 million, one-year contract. CINCINNATI (5) — Signed Brayan Pena, c, Detroit, to a $2,275,000, one-year contract; signed Skip Schumaker, 2b, Los Angeles Dodgers, to a $5 million, two-year contract; re-signed Manny Parra, lhp, to a $5.5 million, two-year contract; signed Jeff Francis, lhp, Colorado, to a minor league contract; signed Ramon Santiago, 2b, Detroit, to a minor league contract ($1.1 million). COLORADO (4) — Signed LaTroy Hawkins, rhp, New York Mets, to a $2.5 million, one-year contract; signed Justin Morneau, 1b, Pittsburgh, to a $12.5 million, two-year contract; signed Boone Logan, lhp, New York Yankees, to a $16.5 million, three-year contract; signed Nick Masset, rhp, Cincinnati, to a minor league contract ($1.2 million). LOS ANGELES (5) — Signed Dan Haren, rhp, Washington, to a $10 million, one-year contract; re-signed Brian Wilson, rhp, to a $10 million, one-year contract; signed Jamey Wright, rhp, Tampa Bay, to a $1.8 million, one-year contract; re-signed J.P. Howell, lhp, to an $11.25 million, two-year contract; re-signed Juan Uribe, 2b, to a $15 million, two-year contract. MIAMI (3) — Signed Jarrod Saltalamacchia, c, Boston, to a $21 million, three-year contract; signed Rafael Furcal, ss, St. Louis, to a $3 million, one-year contract; signed Reed Johnson, c, Atlanta, to a minor league contract ($1 million). MILWAUKEE (4) — Signed Zach Duke, lhp, Cincinnati, to a minor league contract; signed Mark Reynolds, 1b-3b, New York Yankees, to a minor league contract ($2 million); signed Lyle Overbay, 1b, New York Yankees, to a minor league contract ($1.5 million); signed Matt Garza,

rhp, Texas, to a $50 million, four-year contract. NEW YORK (5) — Signed Chris Young, of, Oakland, to a $7.25 million, one-year contract; signed Curtis Granderson, of, New York Yankees, to a $60 million, four-year contract; signed Bartolo Colon, rhp, Oakland, to a $20 million, two-year contract; re-signed Daisuke Matsuzaka, rhp, to a minor league contract; signed Kyle Farnsworth, rhp, Pittsburgh, to a minor league contract. PHILADELPHIA (6) — Signed Marlon Byrd, of, Pittsburgh, to a $16 million, two-year contract; re-signed Carlos Ruiz, c, to a $26 million, three-year contract; signed Wil Nieves, c, Arizona, to a $1,125,000 one-year contract; signed Roberto Hernandez, rhp, Tampa Bay, to a $4.5 million, one-year contract; signed Ronny Cedeno, ss, San Diego, to a minor league contract; signed Chad Gaudin, rhp, San Francisco, to a minor league contract. PITTSBURGH (2) — Signed Edinson Volquez, rhp, Los Angeles Dodgers, to a $5 million, one-year contract; re-signed Clint Barmes, ss, to a $2 million, one-year contract. ST. LOUIS (2) — Signed Jhonny Peralta, ss, Detroit, to a $53 million, four-year contract; signed Mark Ellis, 2b, Los Angeles Dodgers, to a $5.25 million, one-year contract. SAN DIEGO (2) — Signed Josh Johnson, rhp, Toronto, to an $8 million, one-year contract; signed Joaquin Benoit, rhp, Detroit, to a $15.5 million, two-year contract. SAN FRANCISCO (5) — Signed Tim Hudson, rhp, Atlanta, to a $23 million, twoyear contract; re-signed Javier Lopez, lhp, to a $13 million, three-year contract; re-signed Ryan Vogelsong, rhp, to a $5 million, one-year contract; signed Michael Morse, of, Baltimore, to a $6 million, one-year contract; signed Kameron Loe, rhp, Atlanta, to a minor league contract. WASHINGTON (2) — Signed Nate McLouth, of, Baltimore, to a $10.75 million, twoyear contract; signed Chris Snyder, c, Baltimore, to a minor league contract. ___ JAPAN PACIFIC LEAGUE ORIX (1) — Signed Yuniesky Betancourt, 1b, Milwaukee. RAKUTEN (1) — Signed Kevin Youkilis, 1b-3b, New York Yankees, to a $4 million, oneyear contract. ___ SOUTH KOREA SK WYVERNS (1) — Signed Luke Scott, dh, Tampa Bay, to a $300,000, one-year contract.


ries a bit more weight, a bit more pressure. I guess that’s fair enough to say,” he replied. He is favored to become the first male American to win three straight golds in the Winter Games. His prospects for slopestyle, on the other hand, were uncertain. He’s the 5-time Winter X Games champion, though he more or less gave up the event about five years ago to focus solely on the halfpipe. He hurt his ankle on the halfpipe in the season’s first Olympic qualifier, then bashed his shoulder during a nasty fall in slopestyle about a month later. He pulled out of events, changed his mind a few times about the X Games — considered the biggest snowboarding event outside of the Olympics — before skipping that, as well. In all, it has been a hectic lead-up period as he tried to deal with both events and it didn’t stop once he reached Russia. The slopestyle final is set for Saturday, which would cost him the first day of practice on the halfpipe. Another top rider, Torstein Horgmo of Norway, was forced out after breaking his collarbone during practice Monday. On Tuesday, Finnish rider Marika Enne was carted off the course with a concussion. There were dozens of other less-serious flips and spills. Many riders said the dangers of the course were being overblown — “There’s no way this course is too dangerous,” American Sage Kotsenburg insisted. But White and Bright are not alone in criticizing the setup.

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Malik Hooker Safety / 6-2, 190 New Castle, Pa. / New Castle Played just two seasons of high school football - basketball was his preferred sport before that. … helped New Castle to the WPIAL Class AAA state playoffs in 2013 and to a 7-3 record . named Pennsylvania Football Writers Class AAA all-state and all-Western Pennsylvania as a defensive back. Sam Hubbard Linebacker / 6-6, 230 Cincinnati, Ohio / Archbishop Moeller Sam Hubbard was a first-team Associated Press Division I allstate safety in 2013 and was rated by Scout as the No. 1 player in the state of Ohio and a five-star recruit . projects as a linebacker in college . Hubbard led Moeller to consecutive Division I state championships as a junior and senior . he recorded 109 tackles and five interceptions as a senior, including a 10-tackle performance against Mentor in the 2013 state title game to cap a 14-1. Jamarco Jones Offensive Lineman / 6-5, 315 Chicago, Ill. / De La Salle Rated as high as the 63rd-best player in the nation overall by Scout and also had high overall rankings of No. 74 (ESPN), No. 76 (247Sports) and No. 94 (Rivals) . among the 10 best offensive tackle prospects nationally, with No. 6 rankings by both Scout and ESPN and No. 7 rankings by Rivals and 247Sports . despite missing first half of his senior season with a shoulder injury, Jones earned Illinois Coaches Association first-team Class 6A all-state honors and Champaign News-Gazette allstate accolades. Marcelys Jones Offensive Lineman / 6-5, 340 Cleveland, Ohio / Glenville H.S. The 20th of coach Ted Ginn’s Cleveland Glenville Tarblooders to attend Ohio State on a football scholarship in the last 13 seasons . as a senior, Jones was the foundation along the offensive line in

Glenville’s 13-2 campaign that included a run to the state championship game . he was named first-team Associated Press Division II all-state as a senior. Demetrius Knox Offensive Lineman / 6-4, 285 Fort Worth, Texas / All Saints Episcopal Played tackle for an undefeated All Saints Episcopal team but has high national rankings as an offensive guard . Rivals rates Knox as its No. 2 guard prospect and Scout (No. 7), 247Sports (No. 10) and ESPN (No. 11) also have him highly ranked . considered among the top players in the nation regardless of position . helped All Saints Episcopal to consecutive, 11-0, seasons and Southwest Preparatory School championships. Marshon Lattimore Cornerback / 6-0, 180 Cleveland, Ohio / Glenville Ranked No. 44 nationally by 247Sports and No. 45 by ESPN with Scout ranking him No. 51 - and he is a Top 10 cornerback . Lattimore starred in the defensive backfield and as a receiver on a Glenville team that went 13-2 in 2013 and advanced to the Division II state championship game. … had 40 receptions for 911 yards and 16 TDs as a senior and also had three special teams touchdowns. Terry McLaurin Wide Receiver / 6-0, 190 Indianapolis, Ind. / Cathedral The 2013 Indiana Mr. Football, a four-star prospect by ESPN and Rivals, McLaurin is considered a Top 50 wide receiver with a high ranking of No. 28 by 247Sports and additional rankings of No. 43 (Scout), No. 46 (Rivals) and No. 61 (ESPN) . Ranked as the seventh-fastest prospect nationally in his class (4.41 40. Raekwon McMillan Linebacker / 6-2, 242 Hinesville, Ga. / Liberty County H.S. The nation’s top-rated ILB by ESPN and Rivals and he was chosen as the 2013 national high school Butkus Award winner as the top linebacker in the country . a five-

star prospect by ESPN, Rivals and 247Sports, McMillan was rated as an overall Top 20 performer nationally by those three services . McMillan accumulated 456 tackles and 10 forced fumbles during his career. K Sean Nuernberger Kicker / 6-1, 235 Buckner, Ky. / Oldham Co. H.S. Rated among the Top 10 kicking prospects nationally by all the recruiting services . a two-time Kentucky first-team all-state kicker as chosen by the Louisville CourierJournal, Nuernberger connected on 13 of 20 field goal tries, 21 of 23 extra points and he averaged 42.3 yards per punts as a senior. Curtis Samuel Hybrid RB/WR / 5-11, 185 Brooklyn, N.Y. / Erasmus Hall H.S. Rated as the No. 9 receiver by Scout, No. 5 athlete by 247Sports and No. 8 receiver by Rivals . Samuel rushed for 1,461 yards, averaged 15.8 yards per rush and scored 17 touchdowns this season and helped his 10-2 Dutchmen team to a second appearance in the Public School Athletic League (PSAL) city title game. Darius Slade Defensive Lineman / 6-5, 240 Montclair, N.J. / Montclair Slade recorded 37 quarterback sacks for 126 yards in losses the past two seasons and helped Montclair High School to consecutive 12-0 seasons and back-to-back New Jersey Group 5 state championships . his school has the distinction of being the first to claim consecutive state titles since the current New Jersey playoff system was implemented in 1974 . Slade had 67 tackles, including 23.5 sacks (and 35 total tackles for loss), as a senior. Erick Smith Safety / 6-1, 195 Cleveland, Ohio / Glenville A consensus four-star recruit and a Top 100 player in the nation with overall national rankings of No. 43 by Scout, No. 51 by Rivals and No. 61 by 247Sports . considered a Top 5 safety prospect by two recruiting services: No. 2 by 247Sports, No. 4 by Scout . rated the No. 11 safety by

ESPN . No. 2 ranked player in Ohio by Scout . had 10 tackles and forced a fumble in the state title game and had a “pick six” in the state semifinals. Brady Taylor Offensive Lineman / 6-5, 290 Columbus, Ohio / Bishop Ready A first-team Division VI Associated Press all-state selection as a senior . he helped Ready enjoy one of its finest seasons in school history in 2013, winning 12 of 14 games … Taylor is rated as a Top 50 offensive tackle prospect nationally by both Rivals (No. 42) and 247Sports (No. 45). Dylan Thompson Defensive Lineman / 6-5, 270 Lombard, Ill. / Montini Catholic Scout ranks him No. 39 at end . Thompson played on Montini Catholic state championship football teams as a freshman, sophomore and junior and on a runner-up, 13-1 team as senior . he tied the school record with 17 quarterback sacks as a senior and also contributed 60 tackles and a total of 35 tackles-for-loss. Kyle Trout Offensive Lineman / 6-6, 300 Lancaster, Ohio / Lancaster H.S. Kyle Trout is a four-star offensive line prospect as determined by Rivals, Scout and 247Sports . he is rated as a Top 25 tackle nationally, with rankings of No. 17 (Rivals), No. 22 by 247Sports, No. 23 (Scout) and No. 26 (ESPN) . Trout is also listed overall on the Rivals 250 (No. 197), the Scout 300 (285) and he is rated No. 246 nationally by 247Sports . a two-time Associated Press all-state performer. Damon Webb Cornerback / 5-11, 180 Detroit, Mich. / Cass Tech Considered one of the top players coming out of Michigan this year - he was a 2013 Associated Press Division I-II all-state pick and the state co-player of the year - and is a consensus four-star prospect . he also is considered one of the Top 50 players nationally, with a ranking of No. 40 overall by Rivals with Scout (No. 42) and 247Sports (No. 43) concurring and ESPN rating Webb No. 58 on its ESPN 300.

It’s possible that they could be ready for something big — this is a young team that will only get better, especially if guys like Wilson, et al make the big leap that many a young pro makes, as well as guys simply getting back to full health, like Harvin and Sidney Rice. However, in this day and age of salary caps, free agency, injuries and simply getting a head too big to fit through the door, it doesn’t always go according to plan. I am sure their front office is looking into who they might let go through free agency and what possible free agents are out there that won’t break the bank and maybe upgrade for their departures. I am also sure their War Room is ready to go to fill any needs they see fit through the draft; there are always needs. We shall see. At the same time, why would you give your potential foes a heads-up? I am referring to what Richard Sherman told reporters about how they knew what Manning was doing through his hand signals. It sure looked as if they knew what was coming! Why would you reveal a “secret” that might have remained of use in the future? Sure, Manning may have figured it out through film study and made the adjustment for the future — you never know if these teams will meet again in the Super Bowl — and maybe the Seahawks are “in his head” — making him think they know more than they really know and are just fooling with him. Oh well, perhaps that is that (over)confidence already rearing its ugly head! By the by, I thought the commercials were pretty lame! ——The Winter Olympics begin today. I remember as a youngster how the bobsled and luge were always the funnest events for me, especially when we had a lot of snow and make our way over to Bresler’s Reservoir for sledding. That was fun until your hands and feet got cold and you got tired going back up the hill. Hockey was fun to watch too, especially when as kids, the Miami-Erie Canal was the neighborhood gathering space north of 10th Street — ask my boss at The Herald, Nancy; I’ll bet she can add her share of stories or two! — and we’d play our share of hockey. Of course, I never could learn how to skate — dagnab it! — but I could go booting and swung my stick to kill! Oh well, those were the (younger, less blubbery) days. The canal just ain’t what it used to be! I digress. I will watch as much as I can, considering the time difference and such. Let’s hope the nation and the participants (and the fans) can be kept as safe as possible and have a good competition where they can just focus on what they are doing. You never know when — or if — you will see any of these Olympians again; four more years is an eternity in some of these sports.


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Van Wert County Felt Development LLC to Ideal Suburban Homes Inc., inlot 4389, Van Wert. Ideal Suburban Homes Inc., to Glen L. Grunden, Connie Grunden, inlot 4389, Van Wert. Estate of Verda Everett to Clarence & Catherine Hamrick Farms LLC, portion of section 4, Willshire Township. Straley Realty & Auctioneers Inc. to Francis Furniture of Van Wert Inc., lot 146, Van Wert subdivision. Roger J. Okuley, Kay C. Okuley to Roger J. Okuley Living Trust, inlot 3926, Van Wert. Patricia M. Kinkle, Patricia Kinkle to David B. Kinkle, inlot 3615, Van Wert. Estate of Paul W. Reidenbach to Paul W. Reidenbach Testamentary Trust, portion of sections 27, 26, Harrison Toownship, portion of sections 18, 21, 22, Liberty Township. Timothy J. Painter, Tim J. Painter, Tiffany L. Painter to Superior Federal Credit Union, inlot 803, Delphos. Estate of Nelle G. Haviland Dustman, estate of Nelle Dustman, estate of Nelle G. Dustman to David Chelgren, inlot 2575, portion of inlot 2576, Van Wert. Greg S. Williams to Julane M. Fuerst, Julane M. Williams, inlot 461, Van Wert. Cary L. Snyder, Julie Snyder to Angela F. Krall, portion of inlot 106, Wren.


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Q: In order to scuff up new baseballs, they are rubbed with a special mud mixture. What is the name of this compound? What is the story behind it? -- B.L., Borger, Texas A: Many pitchers use mud to get better control and a firmer grip. The story goes that in 1938, an umpire complained to Lena Blackburne, a third base coach for the Philadelphia Athletics, about the condition of the baseballs being used. Back then, dirt from the playing field was mixed with water, and the result was not always good, making the ball too dark to see or hurting the leather. Blackburne figured there had to be something better. The next time he returned home to Burlington County, N.J., he checked the mud along tributaries of the Delaware River until he found some muck that seemed promising. It worked quite well.

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The umpires liked it, as did the players. Soon, the entire American League was using the amazing gunk. Later, the National League took to using it. Each year, hundreds of pounds of mud are taken from a secret location and processed for use by every major and most minor leagues in the United States. Lena Blackburne Baseball Rubbing Mud looks like a cross between chocolate pudding and whipped cold cream. By the way, Russell Aubrey “Lena” Blackburne (18861968) was an infielder, manager, coach and scout in Major League Baseball. Q: In an AT&T 4G TV commercial, there is a couple traveling from the West Coast to the East Coast. They listen to music along the way. I can’t hear the song being played when they get to New York City. Can you tell me who sings each of these songs and if they are actual songs? -R.C., Owosso, Mich. A: Each of the songs is an actual recording. The first song, “The Heinrich Maneuver,” is by Interpol; the Colorado song is John Denver’s “Rocky Mountain High”; as they pass through Texas, George Strait sings “All My Exes Live in Texas”; Louisiana’s song, “Born on the Bayou,” is by Creedence Clearwater Revival. When the couple comes to Brooklyn, N.Y., they are listening to Ace Frehley’s “New York Groove.” DID YOU KNOW? Tom Cruise was born Thomas Cruise Mapother IV. His last name is pronounced “MAY pother.” (Send your questions to Mr. Know-It-All at AskMrKIA@gmail. com or c/o Universal Uclick, 1130 Walnut St., Kansas City, MO 64106.)


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Dear Annie: I am a live-in them? I am talking about hidcaregiver for my grandmoth- eous low-cut jeans. Unless you are model er, who is in failing health. She has five children (includ- thin, it’s hard to look good in ing my father) who do abso- these jeans. And if something hangs over, they’re lutely nothing for not for you, period. her because they Do women have no say Grandma is a sense anymore? It mean, nasty peris disgusting to see son, which she is. someone’s behind Grandma feeds off hanging out of their of negativity and pants. gossip. Nothing is Young women ever good enough, have been misled and she blames evto think that jeans eryone else for her that sit at the natuown failings. ral waist and don’t I go out of my way to do things to Annie’s Mailbox show your assets are “mom jeans,” make Grandma’s life easier, and it is either which is supposed to make never good enough or she just them sound undesirable. But doesn’t care. It has brought listen up: It’s a marketing ploy me to tears. I have threatened to sell more jeans. Women to move out numerous times, need to wake up and take a but then Grandma walks on good, hard look at themselves. eggshells until the dust settles, — Sick of Seeing It in Indy Dear Sick: The desperate and everything goes back to need to look young and hip the way it was. I am at the end of my rope. afflicts a great many women, But I also have a conscience regardless of size and age. and am afraid that if I move (Men, too.) The reason marout, her children will rip her keting works is because peoout of her home and slam her ple believe the hype. If you into an assisted living center, are convinced you look terrifand that would be the end be- ic with your rear end hanging cause no one else would step out, you will continue to wear up to take care of her. — Frus- jeans that achieve that. But we agree they are not flattertrated Charles Dear Charles: You are a ing. Of course, we still can’t caring grandson, but please figure out why young men don’t let Grandma blackmail think it looks cool to have to you into a situation that is no hold up their pants with one longer tenable. Does Grand- hand because otherwise they ma have money to pay a would fall to their ankles. To caregiver? Would your aunts each his own. Dear Annie: Two years and uncles be willing to help foot the bill in order to have ago, we took our 10-year-old Grandma cared for without grandson, a voracious reader, their direct involvement? to visit the National Archives Look into the cost of hiring in Washington, D.C. As we someone to live in the home, proudly looked intently at the which Grandma may prefer. Declaration of Independence But also check out senior and the Emancipation Proclahousing, including assisted mation, my grandson looked living options. Many of them up at me and asked, “What are excellent places that of- does it say?” Why would the fer activities and friendships. people of this country think You can visit often. Grandma it is worth millions of dollars undoubtedly will complain to protect documents that our about the change, but she will children cannot read? Surely get used to it and may even our schools can find a way to come to like it. You deserve to teach children to read historic documents that were carehave a life, too. Dear Annie: Could you fully written in beautiful curplease inform your female sive writing. And then we, the readers that we are tired of grandparents, can go back to seeing their behinds because writing birthday notes to our they refuse to buck a fashion grandchildren. — Grandpa in trend that has been forced on South Dakota

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 7, 2014 Don’t sit back in the year ahead -- make things happen by focusing on what you do best. You will gain respect if you voice your opinion and take a position of leadership. If you show your worth, you will map out a direction that will lead to greater security. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 19) -- Don’t expect others to see things your way. Patience and moderation will be required. A tricky situation can go either way. Don’t take chances when it comes to how you earn your living. PISCES (Feb. 20-March 20) -Stay calm, even if your principles are questioned. Avoid a confrontation that may put you out in front of others. Help those unable to help themselves. ARIES (March 21-April 19) -Looking over your financial situation and personal papers will help you feel better about your future. Free your life from encumbrances to ease stress and open doors. TAURUS (April 20-May 20) -Keep life simple, as adding expenses or responsibilities will lead to anxiety. Avoid excess by eliminating events and friendships that are geared toward indulgence. Protect your assets and health. GEMINI (May 21-June 20) -- Be careful what you say. A difference of opinion could alter your future and put you in a defensive position. Listen, but refrain from getting involved in a no-win situation. CANCER (June 21-July 22) -- Don’t lend or borrow money or possessions. Feelings of obligation to get involved in someone else’s plan will not bring you closer to reaching your goal. Choose what’s best for you. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22) -- Homeimprovement projects or helping someone will cost more than you expect. Stick to the truth and say what’s on your mind. Honesty is the best policy. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) -Make a point to reconnect with old friends. Travel plans that entail business or educational pursuits will pay off. The connections you make along the way will be revealing. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23) -- Joint ventures and risky financial schemes must be avoided. Extravagance will result in additional worries and stress. Caution must be taken against minor health problems or injuries. SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 22) -- Aggressive behavior must be monitored carefully. There will be a fine line between being helpful and pushy. Listen to what’s being said and act accordingly. Let your intuition guide you. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 23-Dec. 21) -- Look before you leap. Mishaps are likely if you don’t take precautions. Keep your opinions to yourself and avoid getting involved in an unsavory dispute. Make love, not war. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) -- Generosity will lead to uneasiness. You don’t have to give in to demands from people who are asking too much. Offer suggestions, solutions or physical help, not money.






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US warns of explosives in toothpaste tubes
JOAN LOWY Associated Press WASHINGTON — The Homeland Security Department is warning airlines flying to Russia that terrorists may try to smuggle explosives on board hidden in toothpaste tubes. The threat was passed onto airlines that have direct flights to Russia, including some that originate in the United States, according to a law enforcement official speaking Wednesday on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to discuss details of the warning. The official said the airlines were warned that explosive devices could be assembled in flight or upon arrival at the Olympics. The department said in a statement that the U.S. “isn’t aware of a specific threat to the homeland at this time.” It said the department “regularly shares information with domestic and international partners, including those associated with international events such as the Sochi Olympics.” Delta Airlines is the only U.S. carrier with a direct flight from the United States to Moscow. Russian airlines Aeroflot and Transaero both operate several nonstop flights from the U.S. United Airlines, the official airline of the U.S. Olympic team, does not have scheduled service to Russia but is operating some charter flights to Sochi. The warning became public on the eve of the Winter Olympics.

Hagel adds urgency to push for ethics crackdown
ROBERT BURNS Associated Press WASHINGTON — Concerned that ethical problems inside the military might run deeper than he realized, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel ordered service leaders Wednesday to add urgency to their drive to ensure “moral character and moral courage” in a force emerging from more than a decade of war. Almost a year into his tenure as Pentagon chief, Hagel had been worried by a string of ethics scandals that produced a wave of unwelcome publicity for the military. But in light of new disclosures this week, including the announcement of alleged cheating among senior sailors in the nuclear Navy, Hagel decided to push for a fuller accounting. Last month the Air Force revealed it was investigating widespread cheating on proficiency tests among nuclear missile launch officers in Montana, and numerous senior officers in all branches of the armed forces have been caught in embarrassing episodes of personal misbehavior, inside and outside the nuclear force. The Air Force also is pursuing a drug use investigation, and a massive bribery case in California has ensnared six Navy officers so far. At the same time, hundreds of soldiers and others are under criminal investigation in what the Army describes as a widespread scheme to take fraudulent payments and kickbacks from a National Guard recruiting program. The steady drumbeat of one military ethics scandal after another has caused many to conclude that the misbehavior reflects more than routine lapses. “He definitely sees this as a growing problem,” Hagel’s chief spokesman, Navy Rear Adm. John Kirby, told a Pentagon news conference Wednesday after Hagel met privately with the top uniformed and civilian officials of the Army, Navy, Air Force and Marine Corps. “And he’s concerned about the depth of it,” Kirby said. “I don’t think he could stand here and tell you that he has — that anybody has — the full grasp here, and that’s what worries (Hagel) is that maybe he doesn’t have the full grasp of the depth of the issue, and he wants to better understand it.” Hagel’s predecessor, Leon Panetta, had launched an effort to crack down on ethics failures more than a year ago, and the matter has been a top priority for the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Gen. Martin Dempsey, for even longer. Kirby said Hagel has come to realize that he needs to investigate as well. “We don’t fully know right now what we’re grappling with here and how deep and serious it is,” Kirby said. “And I think, you know, for a leader at his level with the responsibilities that he carries every day, not knowing something like that is something to be concerned about. And he wants to know more.” Hagel believes that the vast majority of military members are “brave, upright and honest,” and he is encouraged by efforts already under way to curb misconduct, including sexual assaults, Kirby said. But Hagel told the service leaders Wednesday that he “also believes there must be more urgency behind these efforts” and that all Pentagon leaders must “put renewed emphasis on developing moral character and moral courage in our force.” Kirby was asked whether Hagel believes ethics lapses are a symptom of over-use of the military for the long wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. “He believes that that is a factor that should be looked at,” the spokesman said. A significant portion of the concern about military misbehavior is aimed at two segments of the nuclear force: the Air Force’s land-based nuclear missile corps, and the Navy’s training program for operators of nuclear reactors used as propulsion systems for submarines and aircraft carriers. Neither of those fields was directly involved in significant ways in either of the wars since 2001.

Pope pressured to act on abuse after UN rebuke

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis came under new pressure Wednesday to punish bishops who covered up for pedophile priests when a U.N. human rights panel accused the Vatican of systematically protecting its reputation instead of looking out for the safety of children. In a scathing report that thrilled victims and stunned the Vatican, the United Nations committee said the Holy See maintained a “code of silence” that enabled priests to sexually abuse tens of thousands of children worldwide over decades with impunity. Among other things, the panel called on the Vatican to immediately remove all priests known or suspected to be child molesters, open its archives on abusers and the bishops who covered up for them, and turn the abuse cases over to law enforcement authorities for investigation and prosecution. The committee largely brushed aside the Vatican’s claims that it has already instituted new safeguards, and it accused the Roman Catholic Church of still harboring criminals. “The committee is gravely concerned that the Holy See has not acknowledged the extent of the crimes committed, has not taken the necessary measures to address cases of child sexual abuse and to protect children, and has adopted policies and practices which have led to the continuation of the abuse by, and the impunity of, the perpetrators,” the panel said. The stinging language surprised the Vatican and put it in damage-control mode, with officials strongly defending the church and accusing the committee of allowing itself to be swayed by pro-gay ideologues. The Vatican, which defended itself at a U.N. committee hearing last month, said the panel ignored the measures the Holy See has already taken to protect children.

Utah district hears why school lunches were taken
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Up to 40 students with overdue food accounts had their school lunches taken away last week because of breakdowns in communication over a new payment system, according to a preliminary report presented to the Salt Lake City School District board Tuesday night. Board members heard from Kelly Orton, district child nutrition department director, about why 30 to 40 children at Uintah Elementary who were trying to buy lunch had their meals thrown away in an incident that angered parents, stirred outrage around the country and prompted the district to put two employees on leave, The Salt Lake Tribune reported (http:// ). School officials apologized and launched an investigation into how far the problem reached. Several dozen parents attended the meeting, and some


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The White House had been mostly quiet as Congress worked out its differences on the bill. But in a statement after the vote, Obama said the legislation would reduce the deficit “without gutting the vital assistance programs millions of hardworking Americans count on to help put food on the table for their families.” He said the farm bill isn’t perfect, “but on the whole, it will make a positive difference not only for the rural economies that grow America’s food, but for our nation.” Obama praised the bill for getting rid of subsidies known as “direct payments,” which are paid to farmers whether they farm or not. Most of that program’s $4.5 billion annual cost was redirected into new, more politically defensible subsidies that would kick in when a farmer has losses. To gather votes for the bill, Democrat Stabenow and her House counterpart, Rep. Frank Lucas, R-Okla., included a major boost for crop insurance popular in the Midwest, higher subsidies for Southern rice and peanut farmers and land payments for Western states. The bill also sets policy for hundreds of smaller programs, subsidies, loans and grants — from research on wool to loans for honey producers to protections for the catfish industry. The bill would provide assistance for rural Internet services and boost organic agriculture. Stabenow said the bill is also intended to help consumers, boosting farmers markets, encouraging local food production and seeking to improve access to grocery stores in


low-income communities. “We worked long and hard to make sure that policies worked for every region of the country, for all of the different kinds of agricultural production we do in our country,” she said. The regional incentives scattered throughout the bill helped it pass easily in the House last week, 251-166. House leaders who had objected to the legislation since 2011 softened their disapproval as they sought to put the long-stalled bill behind them. Leaders in both parties also have hoped to bolster rural candidates in this year’s midterm elections. Conservatives remained unhappy with the bill. “How are we supposed to restore the confidence of the American people with this monstrosity?” said Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz. McCain pointed to grants and subsidies for sheep marketing, for sushi rice, for the maple syrup industry. The $800 million-a-year 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 still objected to the cuts, even though they are much lower than what the House had sought. The Senate-

passed farm bill had a $400 million annual cut to food stamps. Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, a longtime member of the Agriculture Committee, voted against the bill. He cited provisions passed by the Senate and taken out of the final bill that would have reduced the number of people associated with one farm who can collect farm subsidies. Grassley has for years fought to lower subsidies to the wealthiest farmers. The bill does have a stricter limit on the overall amount of money an individual farmer can receive — $125,000 in a year, when some programs were previously unrestricted. But the legislation otherwise continues a generous level of subsidies for farmers. In place of the direct payments, farmers of major row crops — mostly corn, soybeans, wheat and rice — would now be able to choose between subsidies that pay out when revenue drops or when prices drop. Cotton and dairy supports were overhauled to similarly pay out when farmers have losses. Those programs may kick in sooner than expected as some crop prices have started to drop in recent months. The bill would save around $1.65 billion annually overall. But critics said that under the new insurance-style programs, those savings could disappear if the weather or the market doesn’t cooperate. Craig Cox of the Environmental Working Group, an organization that has fought for subsidy reform for several years, said replacing the direct payments with the new programs is simply a “bait and switch.” He said there is “the potential for really big payoffs.”


said the report was vague and the workers put on leave were being blamed. The children who had their $2 meals thrown out were given milk and fruit, a standard practice when students don’t have lunch money. The report didn’t indicate whose decision it was to toss the lunches. The report says the meals were seized because nutrition department policies weren’t followed, some parents weren’t told about overdrawn meal accounts, they weren’t given enough time to pay balances and the school principal wasn’t included in decision making. Under board member questioning, Orton said his department didn’t properly tell parents about a new electronic payment system and promised efforts so meals aren’t tossed again. He said the investigation was ongoing and his report wasn’t definitive.

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According to a press release, the AHA states: “Too many women die each year because they are unaware that heart disease is their No. 1 killer. One in three women dies of this largely preventable disease. This year is especially important as we celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Go Red For Women national movement. In our first 10 years, we’ve changed millions of hearts.” Ten years ago, the American Heart Association discovered that heart disease killed more women than men. And it took more women’s lives than all forms of cancer combined. So it created Go Red For Women, a network of women dedicated to education, support and research. Since then we’ve educated millions of women on the dangers of heart disease and made major changes in health care. Over these first 10 years, the AHA tracked the progress for millions of women involved and the improvements within the healthcare industry. For more information about American Heart Month or National Wear Red Day, the public is encouraged to visit www.


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This new soybean offers some manufacturers a more stable alternative and also has the potential to open up markets soybean farmers didn’t have access to before, increasing profitability and competitiveness for the entire industry. Not only that, high oleic soybeans are built with the same proven genetics farmers already plant in their fields. Heitzman and other local farmers report that high oleic soybeans yield


comparably with other varieties in their area. That’s good news for other soybean farmers considering planting high oleic. Industrial researchers, seed companies and the United Soybean Board are still investigating all the potential uses for high oleic soybean oil in the industrial sector and this is only the beginning. Farmers interested in joining Heitzman in this innovation should contact their local seed rep or elevator, or visit www. for more information.

According to Frithjof, Christian and wife will be enjoying “Elterngeld” — or parents’ money — which means the couple will get 14 months off work for looking after the baby right after birth. They can choose themselves how they share these 14 months. Christian and Katharina will both stay off work for seven months each, at first Katharina, because of breastfeeding, of course, and then Christian. In the middle, they will have one month off together in the summer so

that they can make holidays, all four together, including Odin, the family dog. If the husband does not take a minimum of two months off (perhaps because he is afraid of ruining his career), the young family will get parents’ money only for 12 months. During the months that they do not go to work, the German state pays 67 percent of the last salary they earned but no more than 1,800 Euros ($2,450 US) per month. The last salary is counted in gross (pre-tax) but the parents money is tax-free.

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Option 2: At county locations live. Ashtabula, Carroll, Clinton, Darke, Hancock, Hardin, Knox, Morrow, Muskingum, Wayne, Williams and Wood counties will host sessions in the series. You will want to check locations, other preregistration information and site details at or call the county office listed. Details are listed under the date for each webinar. Option 3: You can signup for connection details to view the broadcast live in your home or office at cswconnect2014. Note you will want a high-speed connection to view the program. Details on connection speed and other set-up information will be sent to you by email. More details on all three sessions can be found on Ohio State University Extension’s Agronomic Crops Team calendar page at http:// 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. to 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. Jim Hoorman, Putnam County Extension Educator, and Alan Sundermeier, Wood County Extension Educator, will attend the conference to represent Ohio on cover crop policy and management. 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,” said Sundermeier, who helped organize the event. “The local

broadcasts will have facilitated discussions 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. For more information on the local broadcasts, contact Sundermeier at 419-3549050 or

Answers to Wednesday’s questions: Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards appeared as Captain Jack Sparrow’s swashbuckling pirate father in the sequels to Pirates of the Caribbean. Star Johnny Depp had said he based his portrayal of Jack Sparrow on Richards, who made cameo appearances as Captain William Teague in the sequels. The original name of Skull and Bones, the elite Yale University secret society founded in 1832, was The Brotherhood of Death. Members have included President George H.W. Bush and his son President George W. Bush. Today’s questions: Which Beatles singles occupied the top five slots on Billboard’s Hot 100 list 50 years ago the week of April 1? What’s the story behind the name Motel 6, the economy lodging chain that promises, “We’ll keep the light on for you?” Answers in Friday’s Herald.

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