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Punxsutawney Phil, Buckeye Chuck predict an early spring


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DELPHOS — Delphos city crews have been working since 2 a.m. today, plowing BY LEE POWELL streets and removing giant The Associated Press piles of snow. Safety Service Director PUNXSUTAWNEY, Greg Berquist said every Pa. — To the relief of the piece of equipment was in winter-weary, the world’s use for snow removal to keep most famous groundhog pre- main roads passable during dicted an early spring today. this winter’s heaviest storm Punxsutawney Phil thus far. Crews hope to have emerged just after dawn on the majority of streets cleared Groundhog Day to make his by 3:30 p.m. today. 125th annual weather forecast Residents are asked to conin front of a smaller-thantinue to observe caution on usual crowd who braved the roadways and give snow muddy, icy conditions to hear plows as much room as poshis handlers reveal that he sible when driving because had not seen his shadow. operators have several blind Ohio’s groundhog spots. forecaster agrees with his Van Wert County offibetter-known Pennsylvania cials have issued a Snow cousin that an early Emergency — “Emergency spring is on the way. vehicles only on the roadIn a live broadcast on ways. All roads are closed WMRN radio, his hanand no one should be out durdlers in Marion in central ing these conditions. Those Ohio said Buckeye Chuck traveling on the roadways are did not see his shadow subject to arrest.” around dawn today. Legend Allen and Putnam counhas it that no shadow means a shorter winter. The Ohio Legislature made Buckeye Chuck BY STACY TAFF the state’s official groundhog in 1979. Including today’s foreDELPHOS — One thing cast, Phil has seen his Team Manager Fred Dillon shadow 98 times and hasn’t Jr. of Treasure Hunter’s seen it just 16 times since Roadshow likes to make clear 1887. There are no records when his group visits a town for the remaining years, is it doesn’t appraise items. though the group has never When objects are brought in, failed to issue a forecast. they make offers to take them The celebration took off your hands. place on Gobbler’s Knob, a “We make the offers based tiny hill in Punxsutawney, on retail markets,” Dillon a borough of about 6,100 said. “This is a free event that residents some 65 miles we take all over the place. northeast of Pittsburgh. There are teams that go all The celebration is rooted over the country and some in a German superstition even in Canada and Europe.” that says if a hibernating The Treasure Hunter’s animal casts a shadow on Roadshow collects jewFeb. 2, the Christian holiday elry, gold, silver, various of Candlemas, winter will collectibles, antiques, rare last another six weeks. If no books and historical items. shadow was seen, legend said Depending on the rarity of a given item, a person could spring would come early. end up with a lot of money in their pocket. “The coolest thing we bought today here in Delphos was a collection of old silCatholic Schools Week is ver half-dollars. The lady who brought it walked out of here being celebrated this week with a check for $500,” he throughout the Diocese said. “We recently gave anothof Toledo. However, stuer woman a $1,900 check for dents are out of class Stacy Taff photo some jewelry she had. A few because of the weather. The Rev. Mel Verhoff said weeks ago, we paid $25,000 Fred Dillon Sr. examines the jewelry Stephanie Clemons brought to the Treasure for a Batman No. 1 comic. Hunter’s Roadshow at the Microtel, Tuesday afternoon. the diocese set the dates and Some interesting things we get whether or not any missed are things like signed baseballs activities can be rescheduled and baseball card collections It’s open from 9 a.m. until ple who make it out to the get a single person in until 11 6 p.m. through Friday and 9 Microtel. a.m.,” he said. “We usually is yet to be determined. from the 50s and 60s.” a.m. until 4 p.m. on Saturday. “We really hope to see a have about five people waitThe Roadshow will remain Dillon says the weather will lot of people come out here ing at every table but we’ll Forecast in Delphos until Saturday. impact the number of peo- but this morning we didn’t see what happens.” Partly cloudy Thursday with high 15-20. As much of Ohio hud- ficult and interrupting elec- offer these tips: en oven range to heat your See page 2. dles under snow and sleet, tric service, the storms also Heating safety home. In addition to being a Interim State Fire Marshal cause an increased possibil— Use kerosene heaters fire hazard, it can be a source Donald Cooper is remind- ity of residential fires,” says and space heaters according of toxic fumes. Index ing Ohioans that there is an Marshal Cooper. “The use to the manufacturer’s instruc— Never refill a space Obituaries 2 increased risk for home fires of candles, heating sources tions. heater while it is operating or State/Local 3 during and after these winter and makeshift cooking meth— Alternative heaters still hot. Politics 4 storms. However, many of ods can significantly increase need their space. Keep any— Refuel heaters only Community 5 these fires are preventable the chances of a fire occur- thing combustible at least outdoors. Sports 6-7 and citizens can reduce their ring. But, by following some three feet away. — Make sure wood Business 7 risks of becoming a fire casu- basic safety tips, you can — Make sure your alter- stoves are properly installed, Classifieds 8 TV 9 alty by identifying potential protect yourself and your native heaters have ‘tip and at least three feet away World News 10 hazards and following simple family when severe weather switches.’ These ‘tip switch- from combustible materials. safety tips. strikes.” es’ are designed to automati- Ensure they have the proper “Winter storms can wreak cally turn off the heater in the floor support and adequate havoc on our daily lives. Marshal Cooper and the event they tip over. ventilation. Besides making travel dif- U.S. Fire Administration — Do not use the kitchGenerator safety

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ties are under a Level 2 Road Advisory — “All roadways are extremely dangerous due to heavy, drifted or blowing snow. Some roads may be impassable, causing danger to stranded motorists. Only motorists with extreme necessity and specialized equipment should attempt to drive. In the interest of public safety, motorists are strongly advised to stay off the roadways until conditions improve.” Area school children are enjoying a second day of respite from classes with Delphos marking a fifth calamity day. More than 200,000 homes and businesses in Ohio began today without power, while in excess of 50,000 customers had no electricity in New Jersey and Pennsylvania, which were hit with mostly freezing rain and ice. Another massive storm billed as the worst in decades Safety Service Director Greg Berquist relocated snow from barrels toward the northeast the center of Main Street this morning. He piled it out of the today, leaving vast swaths way near the canal in The Delphos Herald parking lot, while Maintenance Foreman Jeff Rostorfer performed similar See STORM, page 2 work on the city’s south side. (Mike Ford photo.)

Students: enjoy break now; days will be added
BY MIKE FORD Because of a winter storm pummeling the area, schools will have to extend the academic year to make up for lost time. During the previous Ohio General Assembly, the number of allowed “calamity days” was reduced from five to three. Any snow days taken beyond three will be added to the May and/or June calendar. Most of the region’s schools are now at that point. “We have now taken five days,” Delphos City School Superintendent Jeff Price said. “The biggest impact this has is that we like to get in as many days of instruction as we can before the achievement tests in April and before the Ohio Graduation Test. The other thing is it’s a bit more difficult to get instruction done in late May and early June when the buildings get warm. Heat becomes a factor, so those are the main things that concern us about calamity days.” He added that not much extra energy costs are absorbed by the extra days beyond what minimal electricity is used when hallways are vacant. “I don’t see any extra costs; whether we’re open now or in June, it doesn’t make much difference as far as that’s concerned,” he said. Unlike Delphos, the school facility in Ottoville is air conditioned. Superintendent Scott Mangas said a day or two of air conditioning is the only cost difference. Students who would have otherwise been in class today had another day off due to the storm. While the children may not mind now, they are not expected to like a lengthened school year. “By May, kids are thinking they’re at the end of the year and may not take instruction as seriously as they would in the middle of the school year,” Mangas said. For many years, the state permitted as many as five snow days without any having to be made up. This was the case until the 128th Ohio General Assembly approved a reduction but legislation was introduced in January that will change that. If it becomes law, House Bill 36 would immediately give school districts five calamity days, plus two more for the rest of the 2010-2011 school year.

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Ferocious cyclone bears down on northern Australia
CAIRNS, Australia (AP) — Tens of thousands of Australians stocked up on food and hunkered in sturdy shelters today as a monster cyclone approached the northeast coast with furious winds, rains and surging seas on a scale unseen there in generations. Gusts up to 186 mph (300 kph) were expected when Cyclone Yasi strikes the coast late today after whipping across Australia’s Great Barrier Reef. The storm front is more than 310 miles (500 kilometers) wide and Yasi is so strong, it could reach far inland before it significantly loses power. Queensland Premier Anna Bligh said the last cyclone of such strength to cross Queensland was in 1918. “It’s such a big storm — it’s a monster, killer storm,” Bligh said. “This impact is likely to be more life threatening than any experienced during recent generations.” Bligh said coastal residents should have left already as their region would undoubtedly flood during an expected high sea surge. People farther inland were told to “bunker down” in their homes and get ready for gale-force winds. More than 10,000 people were already in evacuation centers, and roads were closing as strong winds and heavy rain made travel unsafe. Landfall was expected just south of Cairns — a city of about 164,000 people about 2,250 kilometers (1,400 miles) north of Sydney and a gateway for visitors to the Great Barrier Reef — between the towns of Innisfail and Cardwell. The rural community of Innisfail was devastated by Cyclone Larry in 2006 with thousands of homes and banana and sugar cane plantations destroyed. No one

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was killed. Earlier today, Bligh had told coastal residents their window of opportunity to flee was closing. “Do not bother to pack bags. Just grab each other and get to a place of safety. Remember that people are irreplaceable,” she said. Yasi was forecast to hit land at about 10 p.m. today (7 a.m. EST, 1200 GMT), the Bureau of Meteorology said. The timing, just after high tide, meant high storm surges of at least 6.5 feet (two meters) were likely to flood significant areas along the coast. “What it all adds up to is a very frightening time,” Bligh said. “We’re looking at 24 hours of quite terrifying winds, torrential rain, likely loss of electricity and mobile phones. People really need to be preparing mentally if nothing else.”

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Mandy Lee Walters Carmela Angelia Sept. 12, 1980-Jan.30, 2011 “Angel” Boninsegna Mandy Lee Walters, 30, of
Cloverdale, died at 4:15 p.m. Sunday at Lima Memorial Hospital. She was born Sept. 12, 1980, in Paulding to Larry and Diana (Sharp) Carnahan of Cloverdale, who survive. On July 2, 2004, she married Carl William “Bill” Walters, who survives. Other survivors include sister Amy (Ben) Fleagle of Cloverdale; sisters-inlaw Tasha (John) Okuly and Jessica Walters of Van Wert; nieces and nephews Dessiree Blackmore, Lyrie, Peyton and Evan Okuly, Mackenzie and Kelsie Fleagle and Jose Sanchez II, Jadence Sanchez; and godsons Cody Bailey and Jose Sanchez II. Mrs. Walters was employed as a programmer analyst with Central Mutual Insurance Companies. She was a 1998 Wayne Trace High School and 2001 Rhodes State College graduate. She was a member of Mandale Church of Christ in Christian Union. She was a devoted and loving wife, daughter and sister who deeply loved her pets, spending time with family, friends, shopping, reading and attending her nephews’ and nieces’ sporting events. She loved little ones and was a Michigan fan in a house divided. Funeral services begin at 10:30 a.m. Friday at Cowan and Son Funeral Home in Van Wert, Pastor Don Rogers officiating. Burial will follow in Sherman Cemetery in Paulding County. Friends may call from 2-8 p.m. Thursday. Memorials are to the ASPCA or March of Dimes. Online condolences may be sent to

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April 25, 1991-Jan. 29, 2011 Carmela Angelia “Angel” Boninsegna, 19, of rural St. Marys died at 4:30 a.m. Saturday at her residence, following an extended illness. She had been diagnosed with cancer in April of 2007, more specifically a rare disorder known as neurofibromatosis Type 1. She was born April 25, 1991 in Austell, Ga to David and Rosemary (Figel) Boninsegna. Survivors include father and step-mother David (Anne) Boninsegna of Ottawa; mother and step-father Rosemary (Terry) McElroy of St. Marys; twin sister Annie (David) Harrington of Ottawa; brothers David Boninsegna II, T.J. McElroy and Bradley McElroy of St. Marys and Dawson Boninsegna of Ottawa; sisters Amber McElroy of St. Marys and Lillian Joseph and Zoe Boninsegna of Ottawa; maternal grandparents Jack (Ginger) Figel of Ocala, FL; paternal step-grandfather Donald Halker, Sr. of Ottawa; niece Molly Angelia Harrington of Ottawa; numerous aunts, uncles and cousins and a multitude of supportive friends. She was preceded in death by grandparents Paul and Phyllis Boninsegna, Leo McElroy, Anna McElroyThomas, Lillian Halker, Doyt Thomas and uncles Geno and Bob Boninsegna She was a 2010 graduate of Memorial High School in St. Marys, where she participated in track, FCA, FCCLA, SADD and choir. She was a member of Living Hope Assembly of God in St. Marys and its youth group. She loved life and trusted in God for everything, including the strength to deal with her illness. Her favorite activities included camping, hanging out with her family and friends, broadcasting and covering sporting events with her father, riding motorcycles with her step-father and playing bingo. On game days, she could be found rooting for her favorite teams: St. Marys Roughriders, Michigan Wolverines and Cincinnati Reds. Funeral services begin at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Living Hope Assembly of God, 1130 Indian Avenue in St. Marys, Pastor Randy McKinney officiating. Burial will follow at the Elm Grove Cemetery in St. Marys. Friends may call from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Friday at the church. Memorial contributions may be directed to the Ronald McDonald House of Cincinnati. Online condolences may be conveyed via Arrangements are under the direction of the Miller Funeral Home 1605 Celina Road (Ohio 703 West) in St. Marys.

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The high temperature Tuesday in Delphos was 27 and the low was 16 with 2 1/2 inches of precipitation. A year ago today, the high was 35 and the low was 25. The record high for today is 54, set in 1983 and the record low of -17 was set in 1951. WEATHER FORECAST Tri-county The Associated Press Winter storm warning in effect until 7 p.m. TONIGHT: Cold. Becoming partly cloudy. Areas of blowing and drifting snow in the evening. Lows 5 to 10 above. West winds 5 to 10 mph. Wind chills 4 below to 6 above zero. THURSDAY: Partly cloudy. Highs 15 to 20. Southwest winds 5 to 10 mph. Wind chill as low as 5 below in the morning. THURSDAY NIGHT: Mostly clear. Lows around zero. Southwest winds 5 to 10 mph. Wind chill as low as 15 below. (Continued from page 1)


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The Van Wert Chamber of Commerce 2011 Leadership Class will hold a Corn Hole Tournament Fundraiser at 10 a.m. on Saturday at the YWCA of Van Wert County. Registration is from 9-9:30 a.m. All proceeds received will be used toward the class project of sponsoring a presentation by dynamic speaker, Josh Gunderson, to educate the local Van Wert Middle and High school students on the impact of cyber-bullying. The tournament fee is $20 per team with a cash payout and double elimination. The event also will include a 50/50 drawing and concessions. This is a family friendly event. All participants must be age 14 or older to play. For more information, contact Executive Director Stacy Looser at 419-238-6639.

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GAHANNA — AEP Ohio, a unit of American Electric Power (NYSE: AEP), recently introduced its Residential ENERGY STAR® Appliance Program. In an effort to increase consumer awareness and encourage the purchase of ENERGY STAR® products, AEP Ohio is offering mail-in rebates as a way of reducing the price of ENERGY STAR® qualified products to their customers. “During the first quarter of 2011, we are offering a $50 mail-in rebate to AEP Ohio residential customers who purchase an ENERGY STAR® clothes washer,” said Jon Williams, AEP Ohio manager energy efficiency and peak demand response. “By replacing older or inefficient products with ENERGY STAR® qualified products, consumers reduce energy use, save money and help reduce pollution. ENERGY STAR® clothes washers also use less water thus helping to preserve this vital resource.” The rebate is good for purchases made Jan. 1 through April 30. A clothes washer rebate form must be completed and mailed in no later than May 15. Rebate forms can be obtained at participating retailers or on-line at In order to take advantage of this opportunity, an individual must be a current AEP Ohio residential service customer. The AEP Ohio Residential

House votes to create Kasich’s private job board

COLUMBUS (AP) — Economic development and job creation in Ohio would be guided by a nine-member private board under a bill passed Tuesday by the Republicanled state House. The legislation to set up Gov. John Kasich’s nonprofit JobsOhio passed on a 59-37 vote, despite some concerns from state lawmakers that the panel would wield enormous investment and contract power with little transparency and oversight. The measure now goes to the GOP-led Senate. After a partisan debate that lasted several hours, the passage came on an almost party-line vote. One Democrat said she sided in error with Republicans. Ohio has lost about 400,000 jobs during the past four years. Ohio’s unemployment rate was 9.6 percent in December, compared with the national unemployment rate of 9.4 percent. The bill sets up a framework for JobsOhio, whose board includes Kasich as its chair. It’s intended to eventually replace the Ohio Department of Development. The department’s interim director would be required within six months to report back to the Legislature more specific recommendations on how the panel will operate based on his review of the agency’s programs.

Ohio-based managed-care co. to pay $26M Medcaid settlement
By LISA CORNWELL The Associated Press CINCINNATI — An Ohio-based managed health care company and its corporate entities will pay $26 million to resolve allegations that they submitted false data and received millions of dollars in Medicaid reimbursements for health care services that were not provided, the Justice Department said Tuesday. Dayton-based CareSource, CareSource Management Group Co. and CareSource USA Holding Co. agreed to pay the United States and the state of Ohio to settle a whistleblower action filed on behalf of the U.S. government by two former CareSource employees, the government said. “Cash-strapped Medicaid programs such as Ohio’s can ill afford conduct such as this, designed to improve the company’s bottom line at the expense of a program benefiting the poor and disabled,” Tony West, assistant attorney general in the Justice Department’s civil division, said in a statement. CareSource President and CEO Pamela Morris said the company made a financial settlement to close the matter. The company denies any wrongdoing, she said, adding that CareSource has “always dealt with our relationship with the state of Ohio and the management of Medicaid funds with the highest integrity.” The lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court in Cincinnati in 2006 claimed that CareSource entities knowingly failed to provide required screening, assessment and case management for children with special care needs and adults between January 2001 and December 2006. They subsequently submitted false data to the state of Ohio so that it appeared they

The YMCA of Van Wert County’s SilverSneakers participants recently held a social event where participants brought food items to be donated to a local food bank. YMCA executive director Hugh Kocab, right, and Molly Holmes and Thomas Mangette, SilverSneakers participants, show a portion of the donation. The food items were then donated to the local food bank housed at First United Methodist Church in Van Wert.

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Report: Fix Ohio probation system, save $62 million
COLUMBUS (AP) — Judges would be required to order probation instead of prison for offenders convicted of low-level felony crimes such as theft and drug abuse under a plan being announced today to reduce the state’s soaring prison population and save as much as $62 million. Sentences for the most serious offenders would be lengthened, and judges would get more leeway in sentences for mid-level felony crimes, according to the report by the Council of State Government’s Justice Center. Judges also could impose prison terms that would make inmates eligible for a reduced sentence if behind bars they completed programs aimed at keeping them from committing
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Van Wert 4-H offers Shooting Sports Club
The Van Wert County 4-H program will offer shooting sports education through the new Shooting Sports Club starting in 2011. The club is open to youth ages 9-18 who enroll in the 4-H program. The club will meet frequently at the Jr. Fair Building on the Van Wert County Fairgrounds and introduces safety techniques and supervised rifle shooting. Youth will practice safety, response to range commands, learn basic shooting fundamentals, clean and maintain equipment, learn about eye and ear protection, develop shooting skills, explore conservation issues and compete in shoots. Club advisors are certified through the Ohio 4-H

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Shooting Sports program and also through the county volunteer program. Parents and youth interested in joining should plan to attend a kick off meeting at 7 p.m. on Feb. 22 at the Jr. Fair Building on the Van Wert County Fairgrounds. For more information, contact the club advisor Robert Sherer at 419-968-2196; e-mail at riflesafety@hotmail. com; or call the 4-H program at the OSU Extension office at 419-238-1214.

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Wednesday, February 2, 2011


“The great temptation is to have an alibi.”
— George Abbott, American theatrical producer (1887-1995)

Obama says Egypt must begin transition now
By MATTHEW LEE The Associated Press WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama on Tuesday challenged Egypt’s embattled autocratic ruler, a staunch U.S. ally, to immediately begin the process of transitioning the country to new leadership, a signal that there should be no drawn-out goodbye. Earlier, Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak had announced he would not seek another term in office but also would not yield to growing demands to step down now. After a huddle at the White House, Obama went on television to respond. In his brief statement at the White House, Obama invoked Egypt’s ancient and storied past in what appeared to be an appeal to Mubarak’s desire to be remembered well in history as a powerful leader and peacemaker. He said he had spoken to Mubarak to press his case for 30 minutes shortly after Mubarak addressed the Egyptian people. “He recognizes that the status quo is not sustainable and that a change must take place,” Obama said of Mubarak. “Indeed, all of us who are privileged to serve in position of political power do so at the will of our people.” “Through thousands of years, Egypt has known many moments of transformation; the voices of the Egyptian people tell us that this is one of the moments, this is one of those times,” Obama said. He added that the United States heard those voices demanding change as anti-government protests filled the streets of Cairo and other Egyptian cities. Mubarak delivered his speech after hearing from a special envoy, former U.S. ambassador to Egypt Frank Wisner, whom Obama dispatched to Cairo on Monday. Wisner’s message: The U.S. saw his tenure at an end, didn’t want him to stand for re-election in September and wanted him to prepare an orderly transition to real democracy. “It is my belief that an orderly transition must be meaningful, it must be peaceful and it must begin now,” Obama said he had told Mubarak in the phone call. That suggested Mubarak’s concession was not enough, but Obama left the point dangling. He was careful not to say that Mubarak should have left immediately, and he stressed that it was not up to the United States to pick Egypt’s leaders. “Furthermore, the process must include a broad spectrum of Egyptian voices and opposition parties,” he said. “It should lead to elections that are free and fair. And, it should result in a government that is not only grounded in democratic principles but is also responsive to the aspirations of the Egyptian people.” An administration official said Obama delivered the same message to Mubarak in their “direct and frank” phone call. Obama “said it was clear how much he loves his country, and how difficult this is for him. President Obama

One Year Ago • The Van Wert Peony Festival Committee hosted a “Meet the Queen Candidates” event for 2010 Queen Jubilee candidates. They include Cami Edwards, Vantage; Shonda Bensman, St. John’s; Alicia Carnahan, Paulding; Shirissa Seibert, Parkway; Amber Miller, Jefferson; Chelsy Shaukerk, Wayne Trace; Ayla Eley, Lincolnview; Victoria Barnhart, Van Wert; and Katie Thompson, Crestview. 25 Years Ago — 1986 • Fort Jennings branch of the Putnam County District Library opened its doors for the first time Feb. 1. A ceremonial grand opening will be Feb. 9. Fort Jennings resident Doris Miehls is the librarian. The branch is located in Memorial Hall which is owned by the Jennings Township trustees. • Changing Times Club of Ohio Child Conversation held its January meeting in the home of Clara Geier with Maryalice Daveys as co-hostess. After a short business meeting, the remainder of the evening was spent making Valentine tray favors for residents at Sarah Jane Chambers and Delphos Memorial homes. • The visiting Mendon-Union Pirates were never able to overcome the torrid shooting of the Blue Jays in the first quarter and went home on the short end of a 62-56 score. Dan Wilhelm led the scoring for the Jays with 14. Kevin Looser followed closely with 13 and Mark Wurst and Brian Heitz chipped in 11 each. 50 Years Ago — 1961 • Columbus Grove’s Bulldogs, sparked by the 30-point production of Gerald Stechschulte, grabbed a 25-9 first quarter lead here Tuesday and coasted to an 86-52 victory over the Delphos Jefferson Wildcats as the invaders outscored the home team in every quarter. Bill Place led the losing quintet in scoring as he meshed eight field goals and eight free throws for a total of 24. • The Delphos Lions Club held a special ladies night program Tuesday in the Janba room of NuMaude’s Restaurant. Following the banquet, birthday gift presentations were made. Rod Tiernan, who is not a hunter, was presented with a duck call. “Buzz Saw” Grubenhoff was given a pair of sox that would fit a giant. And a Paul Bunyan shirt, large enough to use for a boat cover, was presented to Mickey Vondran. • Delphos St. John’s Blue Jays are back above the 500 mark for the season, having defeated the Big Green of Ottoville, 57-36, Tuesday in the local gym. Chuck Ellis and Gene Klaus shared scoring honors for the St. John’s team with 14 each. Dan Rupert contributed 11, Mike Wilson and Jim Fischer each hit three times from the field and Jerry Osting, Bill Stant and Roger Schlereth pitched in with a bucket apiece. 75 Years Ago — 1936 • The Jefferson High teams journeyed to Wapakoneta Friday night and when the smoke of the battle cleared away two of the worst defeats handed the Red and White forces this year were marked up on the Jefferson ledger in the red. The Red and White reserves lost the preliminary encounter to the Wapakoneta seconds by a score of 25 to 19. The Jefferson varsity lost their game to the Blume High Redskins by a 40 to 28 score. • Mrs. S. B. Roberts presided at the regular monthly meeting of the Woman’s Home and Foreign Missionary Society of the Presbyterian Church held Friday afternoon. At the close of the meeting, refreshments were served by the hostesses, Mrs. E. W. Bell, Mrs. Frank Gremling, Mrs. Robert Reul, Mrs. J. Clement Berry and Mrs. Harry Vogt. • Coal became a precious mineral in five Midwestern states today. Fuel famine or shortage was reported in Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio and Missouri. Suffering threatened to become acute in heatless homes built over some of America’s richest coal veins. Conditions were worst in Iowa.

Dems choose Charlotte for 2012 convention

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — President Barack Obama’s selection of this Southern city for the 2012 Democratic convention signals he will try to reassemble his diverse coalition of 2008 supporters and fight for the conservativeleaning states that helped him win the White House. The Democratic National Committee announced the selection of Charlotte on Tuesday, rejecting bids by a trio of Midwestern cities hit hard by the recession — Cleveland, Minneapolis, and St. Louis — in favor of the more economically stable North Carolina. With the economy certain to dominate Obama’s re-election bid, North Carolina’s longterm industrial transformation — from tobacco, textiles and furniture to research, energy and banking — also plays into what may be the centerpiece of the Democrat’s re-election bid, a call for America to focus on innovation to compete in the changing global marketplace. The convention’s apparent theme — The People’s Convention — indicates that the president will try to rekindle the grass-roots flavor of his groundbreaking 2008 bid. “This will be a different convention, for a different time,” first lady Michelle Obama wrote to supporters Tuesday in an e-mail that disclosed the city where Democrats plan to nominate Obama and Vice President Joe Biden for a second term. She said the gathering would be “a grass-roots convention for the people” and promised to pay for it in a different way. But she provided no specifics on either point. The announcement of where Obama will formally kick off his re-election campaign was the latest step in the president’s efforts pointing toward 2012. He has shifted political aides out of the White House, authorized a campaign headquarters for Chicago and started repositioning himself as a president who governs from the center of the ideological spectrum. He must try again to cobble together the voting blocs that helped him win across the country, including in such normally Republican states as North Carolina, Virginia and Indiana. He became the first Democratic presidential candidate in decades to win those. And he did it by appealing to a wide swath of voters, some of whom have since soured on him. Independent voters were critical to his victory in 2008 but have tilted away from him over the past two years. Sporadic-voting minorities and young adults who backed him in droves can’t be automatically counted on to do the same next year. Neither can people who cast ballots for the first time, or disenchanted Republicans who crossed over to vote for Obama. “I think we can reassemble that coalition, but we have to work to do,” David Axelrod, a top Obama political adviser, told The Associated Press recently as he left the White House for Chicago. He disputed the notion that after two years as president, Obama would be all but forced to cede ground in places like North Carolina.

American general predicts Taliban ‘assassination teams’ near border
By LOLITA C. BALDOR The Associated Press WASHINGTON — The Afghanistan war can be won without Pakistan’s army moving against militants in North Waziristan, the No. 2 American general for the war effort said Tuesday, publicly signaling that the U.S. is resigned to the idea that Islamabad won’t take on that terrorist safe haven. Lt. Gen. David Rodriguez’ stopped short of calling for more U.S. strikes in the border region, which has been under assault from a wellknown but unacknowledged U.S. bombing campaign carried out largely by CIA drones. But he agreed that there would have to be “some plan . ”to decrease the impact of the safe haven,“ including greater efforts by the U.S. and Afghans on the Afghanistan side of the border. The U.S. has repeatedly pressed Pakistan to mount an offensive in North Waziristan, a region that Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, has called the “epicenter of terrorism”
By DAVID ESPO and PHILIP ELLIOTT The Associated Press

also explained to him that an orderly transition can’t be prolonged — it must begin now,” said the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity to describe the private conversation. Obama praised the “passion and dignity” of the protesters who have rallied for Mubarak’s departure as an “inspiration” to people around the world, and he hailed the Egyptian military for its poise in handling the situation. “To the people of Egypt, particularly the young people of Egypt, I want to be clear: We hear your voices,” Obama said. “I have an unyielding belief that you will determine your own destiny and seize the promise of a better future for your children and grandchildren.” In a half-way concession to hundreds of thousands of protesters, Mubarak said in Egypt that he would serve out the rest of his term working to ensure a “peaceful transfer of power” and new rules on presidential elections. His message that he would not immediately leave was rebuffed by many demonstrators in Cairo’s main square. Obama warned there would be “difficult days ahead” in Egypt as the situation develops and appealed for calm. Tuesday’s developments signaled that after a week of balancing support for protesters and for America’s close ally of three decades, the administration had decided that long-term backing for the Egyptian president was no longer tenable.

GOP targets health care law in Congress and out
WASHINGTON — Buoyed by a federal court ruling, Senate Republicans maneuvered for a vote to repeal the year-old health care law on Tuesday while the party’s potential White House contenders took turns urging them on. Despite the stepped up attack, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said the legislation was secure. “It’s not going to go anywhere,” predicted the Nevada Democrat. The Republican-controlled House voted last month to repeal the law. A showdown vote is possible as early as today in the Senate, where Democrats are in the majority and the bill’s opponents far short of the 60 that would be needed to clear it. Despite the certainty of defeat, Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell noted Republicans had “pledged to the American people” in last fall’s campaign they would attempt to repeal the law. To fulfill that pledge, McConnell took virtually the first opportunity available to him in the new Congress. The maneuvering unfolded one day after U.S. District Judge Roger Vinson ruled the law was unconstitutional, saying Congress lacked the power to impose penalties as a way of enforcing a requirement for millions to purchase health insurance. Vinson’s was the second federal court ruling in recent months that was adverse to the law, which has also been upheld in two other decisions. The final verdict is expected from the Supreme Court. For the present, though, the law is a favorite target of Republicans running for president or serving in Congress. “An individual health care mandate is an unconstitutional power grab by the federal government and drags our health care system in the wrong direction,” said former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty, a likely presidential candidate. He called Vinson’s ruling “a big victory for states’ rights, the U.S. Constitution

where militants gather to plan attacks that they then carry out across the border in Afghanistan. Last month, Mullen flatly told reporters that the U.S. cannot succeed in Afghanistan unless the safe havens in Pakistan are shut down. Osama bin Laden and his key leaders are believed to be hiding in that region. “We need them to do more, we’re going to encourage them to do more,” Rodriguez said of Pakistan. “But I think it’s still doable without them decreasing what they’ve being doing the past year, which is significant.” He said if Pakistan goes “into every place but North Waziristan, that would be significant and really helpful to us.” Pakistan’s leaders have repeatedly insisted that their military is stretched thin by its operations against militants in other border regions as well as ongoing flood relief efforts and a long-standing presence along the border with India. Speaking to Pentagon reporters, Rodriguez said U.S., Afghan and Pakistan forces must continue to coor-

dinate attacks against militants along the border, as broader efforts continue to secure key provinces around the country, and turn security over to the Afghanistan security forces. He predicted that Taliban forces this spring will attempt to reassert themselves by focusing more on assassinating Afghan political leaders in order to undermine support for the government. He said he believes that after a winter lull, the Taliban will bring on a new strategy in the spring that will is likely to include what he called assassination hit teams. Similar efforts in the past, he said, focused on Afghans or lower rank-and-file militants who are now working with the Americans. “There’s a hierarchy of the most committed to the least committed,” said Rodriguez.“ And they have been going after the people who were part of their efforts before, but who are on the lower scale, who are trying to turn over and support their government. ”

and market-based health care reform.” “For those of us who have been opposed to Obamacare all along, it’s nice to see the courts upholding the Constitution,” said former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee. Sen. John Thune of South Dakota also praised the ruling: “I will continue to work with my colleagues to see that the Senate has a vote on repealing this harmful bill and start working on a replacement immediately.” Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour used the ruling to ding Washington, which is held in generally low regard. “As surprised as some people in Washington may be by the court’s ruling that the power of the federal government is limited, I am pleased to learn the Constitution still means what the framers intended,” Barbour said. Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, R-Mass., said: “We are a federalist system. We don’t need a federal government imposing onesize-fits-all plan on the entire nation.”

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

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Amish Cook talks to mother of child with postconcussion syndrome
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TODAY 6 p.m. — Shepherds of Christ Associates meet in the St. John’s Chapel. 6:30 p.m. — Delphos Kiwanis Club meets at the Eagles Lodge, 1600 E. Fifth St. 7 p.m. — Bingo at St. John’s Little Theatre. Delphos Civil Service Commission meets at Municipal Building. 7:30 p.m. — Hope Lodge 214 Free and Accepted Masons, Masonic Temple, North Main Street. 9 p.m. — Fort Jennings Lions Club meets at the Outpost Restaurant. THURSDAY 9-11 a.m. — The Delphos Canal Commission Annex Museum, 241 N. Main St., will be open. 11:30 a.m. — Mealsite at Delphos Senior Citizen Center, 301 Suthoff Street. 5-7 p.m. — The Interfaith Thrift Shop 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.

Aux. to attend district meeting

St. John’s High School English teacher Sue Knippen congratulates Brice Schulte, the local and district winner of the VFW Voice of Democracy contest. Schulte also placed sixth at the state level. Students record their speeches for judging and are rated on originality and delivery. He is the son of Duane and Linda Schulte.

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The Delphos Eagles Auxiliary 471 meeting was held with 27 members in attendance. Usual business was transacted. The $12 and $11 door prizes remain unclaimed. Hot Seat winners were Kay Siefer, Jean Mengerink and Ann Baldauf. Special awards went to Marge Koester, Margaret Mowery and Rosie Wittler. Prior to the meeting a Birthday Potluck celebrating November, December and January birthdays was served. The District 24 meeting will be held at 7 p.m. on Saturday. The Auxiliary will have a raffle table. The next meeting will begin at 6:30 p.m. Monday.


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Super Bowl XLV upon us

THE GAME — no, not THAT one at the end of November; the OTHER one — is upon us. Finally! JIM METCALFE I have never been a big fan of the 2-week layoff between the conference championship games and the Super Bowl. However, I understand that because of what the Super sport. For example, we Bowl has become to the don’t see any players missNational Football League, it ing years from their careers is big — I mean HUGE — due to serving in the Armed business for The League to Forces. I know there is no draft have this extra time. This has become a world- these days, as there was wide event: perhaps not to then when these men were the level of the World Cup drafted into The Service, but overall but getting there as the point is that many ballAmerican football continues players missed prime years of their careers because of to grow. However, the media and service. I know there is a debate everyone else analyzes and prods every part and every about who the greatest-ever person involved with the was in any sport. Tennis is going through two teams until death. I know this as well; there that now with the apparent will be plenty of yellow in decline of Roger Federer — or is it the elevation of the the stands at The Temple. Fortunately, we’ve had other guys in the game? — some pretty good Super and with the unsure status of Bowls lately; it wasn’t the Williams sisters as they always the case. I can hit their 30s. Again, comparing eras remember a few too many lame excuses for the NFL is like comparing different games. Championship Game. Way long ago, for Let’s hope this one is a example, the defending good one, too. I think it is also good Wimbledon champion only news that The League and had to play one match to the NFL Players Association retain the title. It was different back in are having some legitimate sit-downs to begin negotia- the tennis day when there tions for a new Collective were strict rules between Bargaining Agreement to professionals and amateurs replace the current one that prior to the Open Era which began around 1968. It was a expires in March. I think both sides realize mess to figure out who was that they have a good thing what and where, when one going here; let’s not blow could accept prize money and when not, what tournathis, OK? Not that this process will ments they couple play in be easy but hopefully both and ones they couldn’t. Some of the great playsides will try and understand the other side’s point ers could not play in the of view and they can get US Open, or what was called the US National this done. I heard that there is some- Championships, for years or thing like 500 (give or take) the French Open because of free agents throughout the these rules. In fact, turning pro was league. They need this process to considered a treasonous act to “the game of tennis.” get done. You also used to have As for my pick in the Big Game, you’ll just have to barn-storming tours where players had “one-night wait until Saturday!! Trying to find some- stands” — their words, not thing else to write about, I mine!!! — and have nightdid some meandering on the ly exhibitions, where you might have 100-plus matchInternet. I was reading about some es against a guy or a gal. The closest we have had old-time tennis stars, such as Big Bill Tilden, John to that lately was Chris Evert Albert “Jack” Kramer (who versus Martina Navratilova, died only in September of who faced each other 80 2009), Don Budge, the Four times in 15 years in the late Musketeers of French ten- 1970s and 80s. That was against the nis in the 1920s and 30s (Rene Lacoste, Jean Barotra, Borg/McEnroe rivalry: they Jacques Brugnon and Henri met 14 times. The greatest rivalry since: Cochet) and others, in what many consider the Golden Sampras-Agassi - 34 times. Not very close, is it? Age of Tennis. You also don’t see this We all know that many a professional baseball player much anymore: Tilden was — such as Ted Williams known to concede points to — lost a significant amount his opponents when he felt of time in the game due to the umpire was wrong. He World War II, for exam- was also known to reimple. One wonders what burse a promoter when the Williams’ career marks in gate fell short of what it hits, home runs, RBIs and was expected to be and the such would have been had promoter was going to lose he not missed those years money. during his prime in World Sigh! If only .... War II.

Scary. Many a good tennis player also had those problems, especially someone like Don Budge. That is why it is so hard to compare eras in any

Brady wins top offensive player award
By BARRY WILNER The Associated Press DALLAS — Tom Brady tore up the NFL with his precision passing and dynamic guidance of the New England Patriots’ offense. That was in 2007, when he ran away with The Associated Press NFL Offensive Player of the Year award. Ditto for 2010. Brady won the honor Tuesday for the second time in four seasons. The recordsetting quarterback, who had a string of 355 passes without being intercepted, received 21 votes from a nationwide panel of 50 media members who regularly cover the league. He easily beat Philadelphia quarterback Michael Vick, who got 11 votes. “To me it comes down to the mental toughness and determination of the players and coaches,” Brady said. A unanimous choice for the All-Pro team, Brady threw for 36 touchdowns while being picked off just four times. When he won the award in 2007, Brady set an NFL mark with 50 touchdowns passes as New England went undefeated in the regular season. Oddly, the Patriots did not win the championship in either of those seasons but have won it three other times. Brady doesn’t sense much difference in the guy who took New England to a 16-0 mark back then and a league-best 14-2 this season. “I feel our team really grew together over the course of the season. It was a privilege to be a part of this team,” he said. “My only disappointment is that we couldn’t take advantage of our opportunity in the playoffs but hopefully we learn from that and use it as motivation toward accomplishing our goals for next season.” What Brady is doing isn’t much different: he’s winning and he’s piling up dominant stats. Brady led the NFL with a 111 passer rating. His 65.9 completion percentage was second to Philip Rivers of San Diego — by .1. Nobody came close to his touchdown to interception differential: nearest was Matt Cassel at plus-20. When not crediting everyone else, from coach Bill Belichick to his teammates to wife Giselle or his hair stylist, Brady explains his success as a matter of experience. “I’ve been here for a while, so I’ve seen our offense evolve,” the 11-year veteran said. “We do some different things now than we’ve done in the past. Ultimately we’re still trying to do the same thing, which is be productive and


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win games.” Receiver Deion Branch, the MVP of the 2005 Super Bowl who returned to the Patriots from Seattle in midseason, believes Brady gets his edge because he can be a nerd. “Tom studies a lot,” Branch observed late in the season. “We get the bulk of it in the meeting rooms with just the players when we sit down to go over the things that he’s been looking at. It carries over to the practice field as well. Tom is a dork when it comes to that, so I’m going to leave that alone, but Tom is a dork in that meeting room.” A dork? Hardly a description often associated with a 3-time champion quarterback married to a super model. “Maybe, yeah,” Brady added. “I could see that, you know? I’m flattered.” Also flattering: Brady is the only quarterback and the only active player to win the award twice. Vick’s comeback season led him to the Pro Bowl. After missing two seasons while serving a federal sentence for dogfighting, then sitting as a backup for the Eagles last season, Vick has a sensational year. He finished fourth in passer rating with a career-best 100.2, had 21 TD passes and just six interceptions. Using his unequaled skills as a running QB, Vick rushed for 676 yards and nine TDs. The nearest quarterback in that area was Josh Freeman of Tampa Bay with 364 yards.

Ho-hum media day for Super Bowl QBs
By BARRY WILNER The Associated Press ARLINGTON, Texas — Ben Roethlisberger dodged the tough character questions the way he avoids pass rushers. Aaron Rodgers didn’t have to. He didn’t get any. Roethlisberger is on the verge of joining an elite group of quarterbacks who are 3-time Super Bowl winners; Rodgers has yet to play in one. Roethlisberger has a troubled past; Rodgers had a tough act to follow. The two met the masses at Super Bowl media day on Tuesday for what turned out to be a study in contrasts. Roethlisberger, who has led the Pittsburgh Steelers to their third Super Bowl in six years, deflected talk about his 4-game suspension to begin this season for violating the league’s personal conduct policy. Instead, he used a smile and what sounded like a wellrehearsed reply when pressed about the punishment, stressing his desire to be a model citizen. “I want to be the guy people look up to,” he said, smiling through a beard he added will be gone by Monday, win or lose. “I want to be that kind of husband, father and grandfather some day if I am lucky enough.” Rodgers, who is leading the Packers to their first Super Bowl appearance since 1998, didn’t have anything more difficult to address than replacing Brett Favre in 2008. “I just wanted to be honest through the entire time,” he explained of the will Favrewon’t Favre return saga that was settled when the Packers dealt their longtime QB to the Jets. “It was a difficult situation. It was tough to stand up every day in front of media not knowing what questions were coming at me and how the fans were going to react that day in practice. But the whole time the organization stood by me and they told the truth, and I told the truth, and we moved on together.” Speaking of moving, no one was getting anywhere fast Tuesday morning after a snow and ice storm — weather suited for Pittsburgh and Green Bay — crippled the Dallas area. And no one bothered turning up the heat inside cavernous Cowboys Stadium, site of Sunday’s title game. The chill left many players shivering. Even Roethlisberger, who handled questions better than he did the cold, asked for someone to crank up the burners — to no avail. “You’ve got to fight through a lot of difficult things in life, and this is no different,” he said, referring to the penalty he received from Commissioner Roger Goodell after accusations of sexual assault were made by a 20-year-old college student in March. The quarterback was never prosecuted over what was the second such set of allegations against him. “You’ve got to keep plugging along.” He took about a dozen questions on the subject and pretty much stayed with the same answer: “That’s a reflective question. This is not the time for reflection.” Rodgers, on the other hand, had no problem looking back. The 6-year pro compared his sitting for three years behind Favre to what Steve Young experienced in San Francisco behind Joe Montana. “I reached out to Steve when I became a starter, among some other guys, too,” Rodgers said, noting that he has not spoken with Favre about being a Super Bowl QB. “I wanted to talk to a lot of guys who’d been there and had success in the NFL.

The Associated Press NEW ORLEANS — Jason Smith scored a career-high 20 points in a rare starting role and New Orleans defeated Washington 97-89 on Tuesday night, dropping the Wizards to 0-25 on the road. Chris Paul had 15 points and nine assists and Trevor Ariza had 16 points for New Orleans. Smith was starting for center Emeka Okafor, whose left oblique muscle strain kept him out for the first time in 306 games. The 7-foot Smith, normally a reserve power forward, looked comfortable filling in at center, hitting his first nine shots. Nick Young scored 30 points for Washington, which trailed by double digits most of the second half in losing its sixth straight overall. Andray Blatche added 21 points and nine rebounds and Kirk Hinrich 10 points for the Wizards. Trail Blazers 99, Spurs 86 PORTLAND, Ore. — LaMarcus Aldridge had a career-high 40

points along with 11 rebounds for Portland against NBA-leading San Antonio. Wesley Matthews added 21 points for the Blazers. Manu Ginobili had 14 points for the Spurs, who have lost only eight games this season. Gary Neal’s 3-pointer for San Antonio tied it at 78 but Aldridge’s layup and Wesley Matthew’s scoop gave Portland its biggest lead of the game so far at 82-78 with 7:03 left. Celtics 95, Kings 90 SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Ray Allen scored 22 points and Rajon Rondo had 17 points and 10 assists as Boston overcame a slow start. Paul Pierce added 15 points and Kevin Garnett had 12 to help the Celtics (37-11) pull away in


Steve obviously had a very similar (situation), being a guy who followed a legend. He’s been great. Steve has been a great guy to lean on and he’s made time for me and is somebody who I really appreciate.” Young’s not a bad role model. He won a Super Bowl and is in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Roethlisberger, however, admitted he wanted no part of “filling the shoes” of Terry Bradshaw, the quarterback of the 4-time champion Steel Curtain team of the 1970s and also a Hallof-Famer. Bradshaw criticized Roethlisberger’s conduct last year, as well as the Steelers’ reaction to it, noting the team traded Santonio Holmes after his off-field problems but kept the quarterback. But the two have since smoothed over their relationship. “Ben is making a great attempt to change not only his perception with media and the fan base but the image thing that has taken a beating,” Bradshaw added. “And he says he’s changing, that he’s back to the way he was raised. He said he got carried away with winning so young. I’ve given him glowing praise all year and rightfully so.”

Delphos Browns Backers cap solid 2010
The Delphos Herald DELPHOS — Stan Wiechart was re-elected president of the Delphos Area Browns Backers Sunday. The new board also includes vice president Mike Metzger, secretary Brandon Hoehn, treasurer Dale Holdgreve and trustees Brennon Rohr, Jerry Suever, Kandi Kill, Sherri Etzkorn and Dale Derrow. Wiechart gave his president’s report: • There are currently 131 paid members, up from 128 in 2009. • The Backers again awarded two $500 cash scholarships to Joel Pohlman (St. John’s) and Courtney Looser (Jefferson), bringing the total to $6,700 awarded since the program began. Special thanks to Sandy Suever for handling the applications and certificates. • The bus trip to a Cleveland Cavaliers game in March was very successful: with concessions, raffles and a refund from Excursion Travel, the group profited $1,133.96. • The group had an excursion to Cincinnati for a Reds/Cleveland Indians game in July that didn’t sell all the tickets and lost $193.61. • They didn’t have a float in the 2010 Canal Days parade due to a 1 p.m. game.

• The bus trip to a Browns/Atlanta Falcons game in Cleveland lost $148.68 due to not selling all the tickets. • The Backers didn’t sponsor any high school football games on WDOH in 2010 but included an invitation to watch the games on Sundays with the Browns Backers at The Rustic. • The group raises $300 this year for the Browns Foundation, bringing the contributions to the foundation to $2,250. • They presented $150 checks to the Santa Visitation and the Delphos Community Christmas Project, bringing total donations to these causes to $1,800. • Total donations for 2010 were $1,600; since the charter year of 2003, the group has raised and donated $15,277.79 to charitable causes. • Due to the lack of success of the Browns in 2010, attendance at the games was not large, thus allowing game-day raffles to profit $975, mostly 50/50 drawings. Thanks to all who sold the tickets, especially Sherri Etzkorn. • Throughout the year, at certain games and meetings, the attending members enjoyed $574.95 worth of treats. (See photo on page 7)

The Associated Press NEW YORK — Dustin Jeffrey scored one of Pittsburgh’s three second-period goals and had the only one in a 7-round shootout to lift the injury-depleted Penguins to a 4-3 victory over the New York Rangers on Tuesday night. Jeffrey scored in the top half of the seventh round, snapping a shot past Lundqvist. Fleury then denied Marian Gaborik. New York’s Ryan Callahan tied it at 3 in the closing seconds of the second period after the Penguins netted three consecutive goals to grab the lead. Brandon Prust and Artem Anisimov had staked the Rangers to the 2-goal edge. Lightning 4, Flyers 0 TAMPA, Fla. — Dwayne Roloson made 38 saves for his fourth shutout this season, Teddy Purcell scored two early first-period goals and Tampa Bay won the matchup of the Eastern Conference’s top two teams. All four of Roloson’s shutouts have come in 11 games since the Lightning obtained the 41-year old from the New York Islanders on New Year’s Day. Steven Stamkos, getting his NHL-leading 39th goal of the season, and Steve Downie also scored for the Lightning. Sharks 5, Coyotes 3 SAN JOSE, Calif. — Patrick Marleau scored a short-handed goal with 6:05 remaining to cap San Jose’s rally from a 3-goal deficit. Joe Pavelski scored in the clos-

ing seconds of the second period and opening minutes of the third to start San Jose’s comeback and Kyle Wellwood tied it later in the third. Alex Stalock got the win in relief in his NHL debut, making nine saves. Keith Yandle scored to extend his point-scoring streak to 10 games for the Coyotes. Canadiens 3, Capitals 2, SO WASHINGTON — Brian Gionta scored two second-period goals and scored in a shootout, powering the Canadiens to the win. Gionta shot high over Capitals goaltender Semyon Varlamov, who had sprawled out in the save attempt, on Montreal’s first shootout attempt. Nicklas Backstrom and Alex Ovechkin both had shots hit the post for the Capitals. Mathieu Perreault had a goal and an assist and Mike Knuble also scored. Flames 3, Predators 2, SO NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Rene Bourque scored the only goal in a shootout and Calgary rallied for its fifth straight victory. The Flames trailed 1-0 heading into the third period; Matt Stajan and Cory Sarich scored to help Calgary force overtime. In the shootout, Bourque slipped the puck under Pekka Rinne’s leg to start. Alex Tanguay lost the puck, then Rinne stopped Olli Jokinen. But Miikka Kiprusoff stopped Martin Erat and Cody Franson. Patric Hornqvist had a power-play goal for Nashville. Martin Erat also

the fourth quarter and clinch the Eastern Conference’s best record through games of Feb. 6. That means Boston’s Doc Rivers will coach the East in the All-Star game in Los Angeles on Feb. 20. DeMarcus Cousins and Tyreke Evans finished with 20 points apiece for a Kings team that returned to its losing form. They were coming off wins against two of the Western Conference’s elite — the Los Angeles Lakers and New Orleans Hornets — but missed out on their first 3-game winning streak this season. Glen Davis’ fast-break dunk highlighted the run that put Boston ahead 87-77 with 6 minutes remaining. Lakers 114, Rockets 106, OT Kobe Bryant scored 32 points

and Pau Gasol hit the go-ahead layup with 1:04 left in overtime and Los Angeles bounced back from consecutive home losses. Gasol had 26 points and 16 rebounds and Lamar Odom had 20 points and a season-high 20 rebounds in his return to the Lakers’ starting lineup. The 2-time defending NBA champions finished their first overtime of the season on a 10-2 run, barely holding off injury-depleted Houston. Luis Scola hit a tying layup with 5.5 seconds left in regulation for the Rockets. Kevin Martin scored 30 points and Scola added 24 points and 15 rebounds as Houston launched a season-high 38 3-point attempts. The Rockets made just 10.

scored and Sergei Kostitsyn added two assists. Wild 1, Kings 0, SO ST. PAUL, Minn. — Pierre-Marc Bouchard scored the winning goal in the shootout and Niklas Backstrom made 27 saves, lifting the Wild to the victory. Bouchard beat Jonathan Bernier with a nifty little backhand through the 5-hole and Backstrom stopped Anze Kopitar, Jack Johnson and Dustin Brown for his first shootout victory in his last nine opportunities. Bernier made 27 saves for the Kings. Canucks 4, Stars 1 DALLAS — Mikael Samuelsson and Christian Ehrhoff scored powerplay goals, helping the Canucks to the road win. Vancouver also got a short-handed goal from Ryan Kesler and Alex Burrows also found the back of the net. Daniel Sedin added two assists. Blackhawks 7, Blue Jackets 4 COLUMBUS — Jonathan Toews had a short-handed goal and two assists and the Blackhawks started a grueling 6-game, 12-day road trip with a victory. Patrick Kane added a goal and an assist, while Nick Leddy, Duncan Keith, Viktor Stalberg, Dave Bolland and Marian Hossa also scored for Chicago. Fernando Pisani and Brent Seabrook each had two assists as the Blackhawks overcame a 3-2 secondperiod deficit by scoring four consecutive goals.

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High School Girls Poll
The Associated Press How a state panel of sports writers and broadcasters rates Ohio high school girls basketball teams in the fourth of six weekly Associated Press polls, by OHSAA divisions, with won-lost record and total points (first-place votes in parentheses):
DIVISION I 1, Can. McKinley (18)15-0 2, Twinsburg (4) 15-0 3, Cin. Princeton (4) 18-0 4, Kettering Fairmont15-1 5, Reynoldsburg 16-1 6, Akr. Firestone (1) 15-0 7, Tol. Start 11-2 8, Fairborn 14-1 9, Tol. Notre Dame 13-2 10, Cin. Sycamore 14-3 259 232 212 149 134 121 109 65 55 30 Washington C.H. Miami Trace 14. 16, Parma Hts. Holy Name 13. 17, Bellevue 12. DIVISION III 1, Akr. Manch. (17) 2, Oak Hill (8) 3, Elyria Cath. 4, Millbury Lake 5, Findlay Liberty-Benton 6, Anna 7, Cols. Africentric 8, Middletown Mad. 9, Genoa Area 10, Richwood N. Union (2) 16-0 14-0 16-1 14-0 13-2 14-1 15-2 14-3 15-1 14-1 252 236 164 152 123 120 116 64 54 39

Others receiving 12 or more points: 11, Defiance Tinora 37. 12, Gates Mills Gilmour 14. 13, Ft. Recovery 13. DIVISION IV 1, Canal Winchester Harvest Prep (20) 16-1 2, Arlington (3) 15-0 3, Minster 15-1 4, Haviland Wayne Trace (1) 14-0 5, Bucyrus Wynford 15-1 6, Ottoville 14-2 7, Delphos Jefferson13-2 T8, Berlin Hiland 13-3 T8, New Madison Tri-Village 15-1 10, N. Ridgeville Lake Ridge (3) 12-4

Others receiving 12 or more points: 11, Cols. Northland 25. 12, Rocky River Magnificat 24. 13, Warren Howland 17. DIVISION II 1, Cin. Indian Hill (15)13-1 2, Ravenna (6) 15-0 3, Bellbrook (2) 15-0 4, Clyde (1) 14-0 5, Day. Carroll 13-3 6, Millers. W. Holmes12-2 7, Aurora 15-1 T8, Kettering Alter 12-4 T8, Tipp City Tipp. 13-3 10, Shaker Hts. Hathaway Brown (1) 8-7 218 210 196 136 110 95 94 79 79 41

254 209 191 182 126 103 86 85 85 62

Others receiving 12 or more points: 11, Mentor Lake Cath. (2) 35. 12, Lima Bath 27. 13, Spring. Kenton Ridge 18. 14, Tol. Rogers 14. 14,

Others receiving 12 or more points: 11, Reedsville Eastern 21. 12, Mansfield St. Peter’s 17. 13, Holgate 15. 14, Lowellville 13. 15, Shadyside 12.

Browns Backers new board

Members of the new-elected board for the Delphos Area Browns Backers include, left to right, Brandon Hoehn (secretary), Kandi Kill (trustee), Mike Metzger (vice president), Sherri Etzkorn (trustee), Brennon Rohr (trustee), Dale Holdgreve (treasurer), Dale Derrow (trustee) and Stan Wiechart (president). Absent is Jerry Suever (trustee).

First GM, now states? Pros and cons of bankruptcy
NEW YORK (AP) — Big companies like General Motors file for bankruptcy. Some cities do, too. And last year 1.5 million Americans did it. But U.S. states aren’t allowed. Now a few policymakers and pundits are debating whether it’s time to give states a court-sanctioned way to shed their debts. The idea galls critics. “Baloney” is what California Treasurer Bill Lockyer calls it, saying his state, which is already weighing painful tax hikes and spending cuts, doesn’t need the option. It seems clear that some states can’t afford their longterm promises to pay for pensions and retiree health care. Those swelling costs could force states to raise taxes and slash services like public transportation. But is bankruptcy the right solution? In bankruptcy court, a judge could force lenders and public workers to accept less than they are owed. Debt could drop overnight. Existing union contracts could be replaced with cheaper ones. In theory, states could regain their financial health. But the risks are high. A state could be tied up in court for years as various sides squabble over a deal that might bring only scant relief in the end. Even discussing the idea could spook investors and rattle states’ fragile finances. States need investors to buy their bonds, and demand was already dropping before talk of a bankruptcy option spread. Fearing that towns and cities may default, investors in November and December pulled a record $21 billion from funds that invest in municipal bonds — twice as much as they did at the depths of the 2008 credit crisis, the Investment Company Institute says. Those still buying are demanding higher interest payments to compensate for the risk. Standard & Poor’s, which determines how credit-worthy states are and assigns ratings, said last week that a bankruptcy law would cause it to review the way it judges states. Downgrades would force states to pay higher interest rates. If investors started selling the bonds, that would force interest rates higher, too, adding to the cost of financing the bonds. “The higher the interest rate a state has to pay, the more potholes that can’t be filled,” says Marilyn Cohen of Envision Capital, a company that invests in bonds. “There’s a whole chain reaction.” Some also question whether allowing states to go bankrupt would be wise economic policy in the long run. When a company or family cuts its debt through bankruptcy, it risks encouraging others to do the same, notes Dean Maki, chief U.S. economist at Barclays Capital. With states, the danger is greater. “There’s only 50 of them, so if you allow one to file, people will say, ‘Why does that state get to escape their debt and not others?’ Maki says. “Are you encouraging poor behavior?” Bankruptcy talk may already be taking a toll on public finances. Matt Fabian of Municipal Market Advisors says states, cities and towns are avoiding issuing new debt, partly because they fear a bankruptcy option. States’ combined deficits for next fiscal year are a projected $125 billion, says Iris Lav of the liberal Center on Budget and Policy Priorities. And they haven’t put enough money away to cover pensions due in coming decades. Estimates for the collective pension shortfall range from $500 billion to $3 trillion. State tax revenues are starting to recover as the economy improves and as states raise taxes. Revenue rose 6.9 percent in the October-December quarter, based on early data from 41 states, according to a report from the Nelson A. Rockefeller Institute released Tuesday. That would be the fastest increase in more than four years. Still, most states face brutal budget squeezes. Tax revenue remains just below pre-recession levels, the report says. “There’s increasing recognition that something has to give,” says Robert Ward, head of government finance research at the institute. “Are state taxes going to go up dramatically? Not in most places. Are services going to be slashed? Not in most. There are really only a few escape valves.” Two possible targets are bond investors and public workers. Backers such as former House Speaker Newt Gingrich say states need the threat of a court-approved bankruptcy option to wrest concessions from bondholders and unions. Unions would “face a much more dire outcome in bankruptcy court than they would if they renegotiated,” says Patrick Gleason of the Americans for Tax Reform, a conservative group pushing for such a law. Also propelling the idea is fear that states may eventually approach Washington for a taxpayer bailout like the one for Wall Street. Sen. Mark Kirk, R-Ill., thinks a bankruptcy option would keep states from seeking federal aid, a spokeswoman says. House Judiciary Committee Chair Lamar Smith, R-Texas, says his panel will hold a hearing on the issue later this month. Unlike the case with cities and towns, there is no law allowing states to seek bankruptcy protection in federal courts. A few states have moved to fix their finances. Lawmakers in Illinois, for instance, voted to raise personal income tax 66 percent, along with spending cuts. The state still faces a $15 billion deficit. Some opponents argue that most states have the resources to pay their debts. They say bankruptcy backers are scaring people by lumping pension shortfalls, which can be plugged over many years, with annual deficits, which demand an immediate fix to keep state budgets balanced. Unlike the federal government, every state except Vermont has a legal requirement to balance its budget, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. So when tax collections fall or spending spikes, states must find the money elsewhere. That’s why so many have cut basic services during the recession. By contrast, state pension gaps are spread over many years. They shrink or grow depending on assumptions about economic growth and investment returns. Bankruptcy opponents note that pension gaps always shrink as the economy improves and assumptions get brighter — though a strong economy would not entirely close the gap. “Overall, pensions are not a significant reason for state financial problems,” says Charles Loveless of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, who argues that states don’t need a bankruptcy option. Any legislation would face high hurdles. It’s not clear the Constitution even allows a federal court to reorder a state’s finances. Forcing investors to accept less money than a state promised when it sold bonds


I owe the IRS. Please help.
DEAR BRUCE: In 2008 I cashed in an IRA of $52,000. I didn’t file income tax because my accountant told me the previous year that I didn’t have to file anymore because my income was so low. Now the IRS wants $14,700 because it was an IRA. Since I had it for years, I don’t remember where the money came from. I don’t understand because I always paid taxes on the interest I earned. Now I’m 83 years old and my only income is Social Security at $1,300 a month. I agreed to pay the state $25 a month for what I owed them. The IRS can see by the form I completed that I cannot pay this amount. Do you have any idea how to help me? -- B.H., via e-mail DEAR B.H.: You mentioned that your accountant said you didn’t have to file for the previous year and I understand that, but because you are cashing in the IRA, did you not consult with him/her? You failed to mention what happened to the $52,000. Did you perhaps give this to your children or some other group? If that’s the case, ask for some of the money back. You say you don’t understand because you always pay taxes on the interest you earn, but the IRA was drawing interest in a sheltered situation. I am also puzzled that at 70-1/2 to 81, were you not drawing money out of the IRA? If the $52,000 is gone and your only income is Social Security, I am reasonably confident that a negotiation can be worked

would be like forcing them to accept less money from bonds sold by Mexico. House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-Va., contends that states don’t need bankruptcy because they have other ways to handle ballooning debts, including spending cuts, tax hikes and negotiations with unions. He might have mentioned another: default. States can simply stop paying what they owe, though they most certainly would face higher interest rates the next time they sold bonds, assuming they’d be able to sell any. The fallout is difficult to judge because so few states have defaulted. The last time was when Arkansas stopped paying its creditors during the Great Depression. Only 54 of 60,000 municipal bonds that Moody’s Investors Service rated from 1970 through 2009 have not been paid off on time. The lack of defaults explains why U.S. governments of all sizes have managed to pay relatively low interest rates on their bonds, though rates have begun rising. Illinois bonds maturing in 2028 yield 6.1 percent. That’s up from 5 percent in early November.


Smart Money
out with the IRS. It would be to your advantage to contact an enrolled agent or a CPA specializing in tax matters. There are also agencies in most states and counties that

will help people who have low incomes such as yourself with this kind of negotiation. Send your questions to: Smart Money, P.O. Box 2095, Elfers, FL 34680. E-mail to: bruce@brucewilliams. com. Questions of general interest will be answered in future columns. Owing to the volume of mail, personal replies cannot be provided.

Tuttle Services promotes Moore, Perry, Henson
Tuttle Services, Inc., has recently named Chris Moore as director of operations for Touchstone CPM, Inc., and Bruce Perry as director of business development for Tuttle Services, Inc., which will include involvement in both Tuttle Construction, Inc., and Touchstone CPM, Inc. Moore will continue to work under Moore the direction of Nate Neuenschwander, president of Touchstone CPM, Inc. Perry will report concurrently to Neuenschwander and Paul Crow, president of Tuttle Construction, Inc. Moore has worked at Touchstone since 2004, as Project Manager and Senior Project Manager on various size conPerry struction projects. His new responsibilities will be coordinating the

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Touchstone operations in delivering quality construction management services. Perry began working for Tuttle Construction in 2002 as a project manager. He has been with Touchstone since its inception in 2003 as a senior project manager. Perry will use his industry experience in developing business opportunities for Tuttle Services. Also promoted was Rob Henson as director of pre-construction services for Touchstone CPM, Inc. He will continue to work Henson under the direction of Neuenschwander. Henson has worked at Touchstone for over 11 years, as an estimator and pre-construction manager on various size construction projects. His new responsibilities will be coordinating all of the pre-construction efforts on Touchstone’s construction projects. Tuttle Services is the parent company to Tuttle Construction, Inc., and Touchstone CPM, Inc. Since 1928, Tuttle has provided general contracting and self-performed construction services in our region.


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Lichtensteiger, Janice Saturday, February 12th @ 10:00 am Lichtensteiger, Janice DUE TO COMMUNITY INTEREST IN THIS HOME, THE AUCTION SITE HAS MOVED TO THE A. Lichtensteiger to FELLOWSHIP HALL AT THE GOMER UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST, 7350 GOMER RD., GOMER. Flatrock Farms LLP, 4535 Lincoln Hwy, Gomer, Ohio 45809 portion of section 20, This auction is to settle of the Real Estate portion of the “Shirley Gudakunst Estate”, Allen County Harrison Township. Probate Case# 2010ES513. Estate of Jona Beth The family will be offering the property in three separate pieces and in any combination of the 3 Aurand to Michael identified parcels or as a total package. S. Aurand, Guy A. Parcel #1, Adjoins the village of Gomer, and contains approximately 3.63 acres of farm ground or Aurand, inlot 1586, pasture. This field has two points of entry and estimated to have 683’ of road frontage. Van Wert. Parcel # 2, A Vintage 2 story Victorian Home with 2568 sq ft of living area. The home and improvements sit on approximately 2.15 acres, more or less. This livable residence contains 10 rooms and Rose J. Sever, Paul has a Parlor converted to a main floor master suite and 4 more bedrooms up. The laundry was an old Joseph Sever, Paul J. summer kitchen or washhouse that was a late addition to the original structure. The improvements include a living room, kitchen, formal dining room, two baths, modern breaker box, and propane Sever to Denise Conley, fired boiler system, well and septic. The old Carriage House could make a fabulous Guest House or Rebecca Saum, Pamela Showroom/Office conversion! K. Sever, Daniel J. Parcel # 3, Is the west two fields that are drawn to the centerline of the Ottawa River, and contains approximately 13.39 Acres of farm ground or pasture. This field has two points of entry and estimated Sever, portion of lot 73, to have 928’ of road frontage. Delphos subdivision. Terms: A minimum $2,000. non-refundable earnest money deposit, per parcel. 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Fronefield, our reputation for high quality products and customer satisfaction has helped inlot 4139, Van Wert. us continue to grow and provide our associates with over 22 years of steady Brian Hill, Sheriff employment. AAP is now offering opportunities for an experienced profesStan D. Owens to sional in each of the following fields: Federal National HUMAN RESOURCE MANAGEMENT Mortgage, inlot 1181, • Coordinates external/internal recruitment activities Van Wert. • Administers performance evaluation and compensation programs Ryan W. Helle, • Investigates training/development needs and coordinates programs/activiKarey R. Sams, Sheriff ties for continuous performance improvement Stan D. Owens to • Communicates regularly with associates at all levels regarding policies, Homesales Inc. of procedures, and general associate relations issues Delaware, inlot 1793, • Utilizes HRIS system to monitor human resource metrics and compile variVan Wert. ous reports for analysis. David L. Rose, Sheriff Stan D. Owens Qualifications must include related Bachelor degree, at least 5 years of progressive experience as a human resource generalist--preferably in manuto Huntington National facturing. Strong written and verbal communication skills and computer Bank, portion of inlot experience a must. Supervisory experience is a plus. 305, Delphos. Salimah D. Price, PRODUCTION CONTROL MANAGEMENT Sheriff Stan D. Owens • Develops production schedules to match sales orders, production capacities, to Federal National and delivery schedules Mortgage, portion • Communicates regularly with production, shipping, and customer service of section 23, York departments to ensure machine capacity and labor to meet production plan Township. • Compiles various reports relating to production capacity, machine utilizaDouglas R. Heiing, tion, production planning, shipping, and inventory control. Sheriff Stan D. 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Dear Annie: “Bill” and a promise. Is it really possible to quit I have been married for 42 years. I recently learned that smoking for someone else? If he has been in touch with so, do you have some suggesa former co-worker. Friends tions for easing the process? saw him having lunch with -- Grumpy Quitter Dear Grumpy: It is pos“Mary.” I also saw a short e-mail from her, saying, sible to quit for someone else “Hi! Same time, same place. if the motivation is strong Looking forward to it.” She enough, but you still must signed it: “Love, Mary.” be willing. The fact that you Needless to say, I brought agreed to this promise with the this to Bill’s attention. He intention of keeping it means admitted they’d had lunch a you do have some motivation to quit. Also, few times, but said until the nicotine is signing “love” out of your system, meant nothing. you will continue to Bill explained have cravings and that they are good feel “grumpy.” friends and he finds First talk to your out stuff from her, doctor about assislike the latest gostance. Also, if you sip. Well, Annie, type “quit smokto me this is obviing” into any search ously more than engine, you will just a co-worker find a long list of relationship. I told him I wanted these Annie’s Mailbox sites offering a variety of help. We rec“dates” stopped immediately, as this relation- ommend the National Cancer ship could only lead to trou- Institute at or 1-800-QUIT NOW (1-800ble. He agreed to stop. Last week, Bill told me he 784-8669). Dear Annie: You printed was going to meet “Harry” for lunch. I checked his e-mail a letter from “Upset Wife,” and learned that he met up who had years of illnesses with Mary. I am hurt by this and surgeries and whose husbetrayal. Bill now says I’m band is no longer interested being ridiculous and he has in intimacy. Over the past 10 no intention of ending the years, my wife has had many surgeries. She is doing better lunch dates. I am devastated. I told Bill now, but it’s hard to think it would be best if we sepa- romantically about somerated to give both of us time one when you have been her to think. He says separating nurse, cook and maid, rather is absurd. How do I get rid than a mate. “Upset Wife” should take of a husband who refuses to leave? We have a married a look at what she is contribdaughter in another state, uting to the partnership. She so getting away for a while should be acting like a wife, could be the best thing for me not a patient. Otherwise, it just to do right now. -- Thrown takes time. -- Sad but True Annie’s Mailbox is written for a Loop Dear Thrown: Bill should by Kathy Mitchell and Marcy not have met with Mary Sugar, longtime editors of the without your knowledge and Ann Landers column. Please approval, but we don’t believe e-mail your questions to it is an affair. It sounds like he, misses his job, wants to keep or write to: Annie’s Mailbox, up with the gossip and enjoys c/o Creators Syndicate, 5777 her company. Unfortunately, W. Century Blvd., Ste. 700, your extreme reaction has Los Angeles, CA 90045. turned it into a power struggle and a major marital crisis. Unless you want a divorce, we urge you to find a neutral third party -- a counselor, clergyperson or family friend -- who can mediate your disagreement and help you find a way back to each other before it’s too late. Dear Annie: I am a heavy smoker. I am aware of the health risks (and the expense) and know I should quit, but I feel healthy now and have no desire to stop. A couple of family members extracted a promise from me that I would quit smoking as my Christmas present to them. I know these family members are only thinking of my health, and it seemed like a fair “gift.” But without my daily nicotine fix, I am feeling very grumpy, as well as angry with the relatives for getting me to make such

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PHILADELPHIA — A suburban woman who was the live-in caretaker for her boyfriend’s elderly father calmly told a U.S. judge Tuesday that she had worked feverishly online under the name “Jihad Jane” to support Islamic terrorists and moved overseas to further her plan to kill a Swedish artist who had offended Muslims. Colleen LaRose, 47, faces the possibility of life in prison after pleading guilty to four federal charges, including conspiracy to murder a foreign target, conspiracy to support terrorists and lying to the FBI. LaRose, who spent long hours caring for the father, also was building a shadow life online from 2008 to 2009. According to prosecutors, LaRose “worked obsessively on her computer to communicate with, recruit and incite other jihadists,” using screen names including “Jihad

Jane,” “SisterOfTerror,” and “ExtremeSister4Life.” LaRose returned to the United States in November 2009 and was immediately taken into FBI custody at Philadelphia International Airport. She remained in secret custody until March, when her indictment was unsealed hours after Irish authorities swept up an alleged terror cell that included another American women, Jamie Paulin-Ramirez, 32, of Leadville, Colo., and her Algerian husband. LaRose had previously denied the allegations against her and had pleaded not guilty before changing her plea Tuesday. But prosecutors said LaRose and her co-conspirators had hoped her all-American appearance and U.S. citizenship would help her blend in while carrying out their plans. “Today’s guilty plea, by a woman from suburban America who plotted with others to commit murder overseas and to provide




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material support to terrorists, underscores the evolving nature of the threat we face,” said Assistant U.S. Attorney General David Kris. Speaking clearly but quietly, the 4-foot-11 LaRose told a judge Tuesday she had never been treated for any mental health problems and was entering her plea freely. She whispered a few comments to her lawyers, some of them prompting a smile from public defender Mark T. Wilson. Wilson declined to comment afterward. “We’ll have a lot to say at sentencing,” he said. LaRose and PaulinRamirez are the rare U.S. women charged with terrorism. Paulin-Ramirez has pleaded not guilty and her lawyer, Jeremy Ibrahim, declined to say whether she will enter a plea or head to trial on May 2. However, he believes LaRose’s plea will benefit his client’s case. “With LaRose’s plea it removes some pretty prejudicial evidence from coming in at Jamie’s trial, evidence of making plans to kill someone, evidence of using the Internet to recruit enemies of America, that might otherwise become difficult for a jury to segregate in their minds who did what,” defense lawyer Ibrahim told The Associated Press. In e-mails recovered by the FBI over 15 months, LaRose had agreed to marry an online contact from South Asia so he could move to Europe. She also agreed to become a martyr, the indictment said. Her would-be spouse directed her in a March 2009 e-mail to go to Sweden to find the artist, Lars Vilks, who had depicted the Prophet Muhammad with the body of a dog, the indictment said. Vilks has questioned the sophistication of the plotters but said he is glad LaRose never got to him. Both women left troubled lives behind, LaRose having survived a suicide attempt in Pennsburg and PaulinRamirez, according to her mother, an abusive first marriage and a childhood marked by bullying.

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“It is unbelievable, I brought in some old coins that had been in a little cigar box for years and some old herringbone necklaces and in less than fifteen minutes I left with a check for $712.37.”
collectibles. One visitor I spoke with yesterday said “It’s unbelievable, I brought in some old coins that had been in a little cigar box for years and some old herringbone necklaces and in less than fifteen minutes I left with a check for $712.37. That stuff has been in my jewelry box and dresser for at least 20 years.” Another gentlemen brought an old Fender guitar his father bought years Above • A couple waits with anticipation while Roadshow expert examines their antiques and gold items. The Roadshow is at the Microtel Inn & Suites this week. ago. “Dad had less than fifty bucks in that guitar.” The Roadshow expert that assisted him, made a few phone calls and a veterinarian in Seattle, Washington bought the guitar for $5700.00. The seller continued, “I got another $150.00 for a broken necklace and an old class ring. It’s not every day that someone brings six thousand dollars to town with your name on it.” Jeff Parsons, President of the Treasure Hunters Roadshow commented, “Lots of people have items that they know are valuable but just don’t know where to sell

them. Old toys, trains, swords, working with a gentleman that had guitars, pocket watches or just about an old class ring, two bracelets, anything old is valuable to collectors. and handful of silver dollars,… his check was for over These collectors $650.00. I would are willing to pay say that there big money for “If you go to the were well over those items they Roadshow, you can 100 people in here are looking for.” cash-in your items yesterday that sold This week’s their scrap gold.” Roadshow is for competitive One gentleman the place to get prices. Roadshow holding his check connected with representatives will for over $1250.00 those collectors. in the lobby of the The process is be available to assess event yesterday free and anyone and purchase your had this comment, can brings items “I am so happy I down to the event. items at the Microtel decided to come If the Roadshow Inn & Suites through to the Roadshow. I experts find items Saturday in Delphos.” saw the newspaper their collectors ad for the event are interested in, offers will be made to purchase those and brought in an old German sword items. About 80% of the guests that I brought back from World War II attend the show end up selling one or and some old coins and here is my check. What a great thing for our more items at the event. Antiques and collectibles are not community. I am heading home now the only items the Roadshow is to see what else I have they might be buying. “Gold and silver markets interested in.” The Roadshow continues today are soaring,” says Archie Davis, a Roadshow representative. “Broken starting at 9am. The event is free and jewelry and gold or silver coins no appointment is needed. add up very quickly. I just finished

Our International Collectors Association members are looking for the following types of items.
• COINS Any and all coins made before 1964. This includes all silver and gold coins, dollars, half dollars, quarters, dimes, nickels and pennies. All conditions wanted! • GOLD, SILVER & JEWELRY PRICES AT 40 YEAR HIGHS! for platinum, gold and silver during this event. Broken Jewelry, dental gold, old coins, pocket watches, Kruggerands, Gold Bars Canadian Maple Leafs, Gold, Silver, Platinum, diamonds, rubies, sapphires and all types of stones, metals, etc. Rings, bracelets, necklaces, all others including broken jewelry. Early costume jewelry wanted. • WATCHES & POCKET WATCHES Rolex, Tiffany, Hublot, Omega, Chopard, Cartier, Philippe, Ebel, Waltham, Swatch, Chopard, Elgin, Bunn Special, Railroad, Hamilton, all others. • TOYS, TRAINS & DOLLS All types of toys made before 1965 including: Hot Wheels, Tonka, Buddy L, Smith Miller, Nylint, Robots, battery toys, Mickey Mouse, all other toys - Train sets, all gauges, accessories, individual cars, Marklin, American Flyer, Lionel, Hafner, all other trains - Barbie Dolls, GI Joe, Shirley Temple, Characters, German, all makers accepted. • MILITARY ITEMS & SWORDS Civil, Revolutionary, WWI, WWII, etc. Items of interest include swords, badges, clothes, photos, medals, knives, gear, letters, etc. • ADVERTISING ITEMS Metal and Porcelain signs, gas companies, beer and liquor makers, automobile, implements, etc. All sports memorabilia is in high demand including: Pre 1970’s baseball cards; autographed baseballs, footballs & basketballs; jerseys; signed photos; etc...
The Roadshow continues in Delphos every day through Saturday!
Tuesday - Friday: 9AM - 6PM & Saturday: 9AM - 4PM

February 1st - 5th

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Directions: (567) 765-1500


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High Demand for 1950’s and 1960’s Era Electric and Acoustic Guitars

Gold and Coin Prices High, Cash In Now

“It’s a modern day gold rush,” said Treasure Hunters Roadshow Jeff Parsons.
Gold is now trading near 40 year highs, and you can cash in at the Treasure Hunters Roadshow. All types of gold are wanted, including gold coins, Krugerrands, Maple Leafs, and other gold bars, etc. All gold jewelry, including broken jewelry is accepted. Anything gold and silver is wanted.