ELIDA — It may be that
some who go to work every
day and do what they love
didn’t start out that way. They
may have begun by doing
something else until they
came across an opportunity
to turn a passion or hobby
into their day job. Such was
the case with Hollowell Dog
Training owner and trainer
Diane Laratta.
Laratta’s father raised
dachshunds and instilled in
his children a love of ani-
mals, something that stuck
with them into adulthood.
“My dad was a huge dog
lover and we were all really
influenced by that,” she said.
“I’ve been involved in train-
ing and breeding my own
dogs for at least 40 years but
I’ve only been an instructor
for 15. My sister is a veteri-
narian too. She’s on Animal
Planet, Detriot Cops. She’s
the vet on there.”
“When I retired from
General Dynamics, I needed
something to keep me busy
and got involved over at the
Humane Society. We’ve
been here at this location
for 11 years and the busi-
ness has just taken a natural
progression from training to
doggy daycare to grooming
and then adding some retail
Laratta and her colleague,
Dorothy Miner, also take
rescued dogs to the Allen
Correctional Facility where
they teach inmates to train
them, working toward mutual
“In the Pets Program,
we take these dogs to Allen
Correctional and train the
inmates how to train and
rehabilitate the dogs,” she
said. “These dogs come out
trained, obedient, house-bro-
ken and socialized and ready
for a home. They get snapped
up quickly. They often have
homes before they’re even
done with the program.”
Although Laratta has expe-
rience in every facet of her
business, she works chiefly
as a trainer and supervisor.
“I have a lot of fabulous
people to help me out,” she
said. “So while I can do the
grooming and everything, I
don’t need to. I can focus on
the training. It’s not really
training dogs; I train the own-
ers so they can train their
own dogs. One time I had
someone come by right as the
class was going to start and he
came to the door with these
two huge dogs on leashes. He
tried to hand us the leashes
and leave, thinking we were
going to train the dogs and he
could just go do something
else. That’s not what we do
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Eight-year-old Grace Fischbach looks at her handiwork on her First Communion
Tomboy sews her own
First Communion dress
Staff reports
Grace Fischbach, 8, makes
her First Communion at St.
Joseph’s Catholic Church
this year. The church’s cus-
tom dictates she wear a white
dress. However, those famil-
iar with Grace would have a
hard time imagining her in a
dress and smiling at the same
Grace is a tomboy. Dresses
and fancy shoes are far down
on her list of favorite things.
She’s more apt to be in a tree
or throwing a baseball
A seamstress by trade,
her mother had a solution
— let her design and make
her own.
“She picked out her own
pattern and made her own
modifications and picked
out her own fabrics,” Julie
Fischbach said. “Then we
called in Grandma Karen
Cramer for help and girl-time.
Grace really did do her share
of the pinning and cutting.”
It was time to put the piec-
es together.
“When we got to the sew-
ing, she set the speed on the
machine to the slowest set-
ting. (Usually she goes full
throttle on the Singer). I
thought that she could bump
it up to the medium speed
but she said she would prefer
it on “super-granny-slo-mo;”
Julie said. “I tell you what,
that is a perfect 5/8-inch seam
allowance. I can’t ask more
than that.”
By the time the seams on
the skirt were done, Grace
was ready to go outside and
“It was perfect timing.
We had her come in and try
on the bodice and then the
unhemmed dress,” mom said.
“She decided that it needed
a butterfly on the bottom
and the length should be just
above the ankles.”
Mom put her special touch
on the dress.
“I finished the dress with
a secret message on the
inside with room enough for
the next wearer to put their
information should it be used
again. The end result was
just what I hoped for —my
daughter in a white dress for
her First Holy Communion,”
Julie added.
When it was done, Grace
agreed she liked the dress
and it was so comfortable she
Laratta’s career has gone to the dogs — training dogs
Stacy Taff photo
Dog trainer Diane Laratta with her French Bulldog, Waldo, who she calls the love of
her life. “He sleeps on a pillow next to my head and snores so loudly,” she laughed.
See TRAIN, page 11
It’s My Job
Photo submitted
K-Kids donate to museum
Kiwanis Kid Danielle Dancer, left, presents Delphos
Canal Commission Museum Trustee Linda Baker a
check for $250 from the K-Kids Tea Party donations.
The museum is using the money to preserve two letters
written by Abraham Lincoln and to decorate the new
parlor in the museum.
See DRESS, page 11
Food giveaway
set April 26
Meadows of
Kalida sets events
Associated Press
CHICAGO — President
Barack Obama confidently
predicted Friday that a divid-
ed Congress would raise the
nation’s borrowing limit to
cover the staggering federal
debt rather than risk trigger-
ing a worldwide recession, but
he conceded for the first time
he would have to offer more
spending cuts to Republicans to
get a deal.
Pushed to the brink, Obama
said, the two parties would find
“a smart compromise.”
In an interview with The
Associated Press, Obama also
took pains to promote his long-
term plan to cuts trillions of
dollars from federal deficits as
a fairer, more compassionate
alternative to a Republican plan
that surged to party-line pas-
sage Friday afternoon in the
And Obama said in his most
forceful terms yet that he had
the economic record to win re-
election after he had “been able
to yank this economy” out of
One week after the near gov-
ernment shutdown — Obama
signed the bill finalizing that
legislation after returning to the
White House — the rejuvenated
president answered questions
in his hometown following an
evening of fundraising for his
re-election bid and a rare night
in his own bed.
On America’s wars, he
said that a significant number
of troops would begin com-
ing home from Afghanistan in
July despite expectations that
the withdrawal could be mod-
est. He said the U.S. would not
expand its military role to end a
bloody stalemate in Libya but
insisted that Moammar Gadhafi
would, in time, be forced from
While the House approved
the multitrillion-dollar deficit-
cuts measure, it was Obama’s
comments on the debt limit —
an issue the White House has
labored to keep separate from
yearly red ink totals — that
altered the debate of the day.
The government is nearing
its borrowing limit of $14.3 tril-
lion and risks going into a crip-
pling default. Seizing on pub-
lic frustration about spending,
House Republicans say they
won’t lift the debt cap without
more cuts.
Obama told the AP without
doubt: “We will raise the debt
limit. We always have. We will
do it again.”
He warned that anything less
would undermine the solvency
of the government, roil financial
markets and potentially “plunge
the world economy back into a
recession.” Yet when pressed
on how the stalemate with
House Speaker John Boehner
would end, Obama said: “I
think he’s absolutely right that
it’s not going to happen without
some spending cuts.”
Obama: Congress must
and will raise debt limit
Delphos soccer sign-ups
today, Sunday
Delphos Soccer Association
sign-ups for the 2011 fall sea-
son will be held today (9 a.m.-
noon) and Sunday (1-4 p.m.)
at the Delphos McDonald’s.
Forms can also be
printed on-line at www.
Liberty-Benton sweeps
Gold Medal Meet
Liberty-Benton swept both
sides of the Ottawa-Glandorf
Gold Medal Track and Field
Meet Friday night.
Full results will be on
Monday’s Herald.
Today’s schedule
Baseball: Columbus
Grove at Cory-Rawson (DH),
10 a.m.; Jefferson at Leipsic
(DH), 11 a.m.; Lincolnview
at Waynesfield-Goshen
(DH), 11 a.m.; Crestview
at Ottoville, noon; Kalida
at McComb (DH), noon
Softball (noon): Ottoville
at Perry (DH); Crestview,
Celina and Fort Recovery
at Lincolnview; Continental
at Spencerville (DH).
Track and Field: St.
John’s and Spencerville at
Minster Invitational, 9 a.m.
Tennis: Elida at Napoleon
Invitational, 9 a.m.
The Delphos Community
Unity organization will spon-
sor another free food distribu-
tion from 4-6 p.m. on April
26 at the Delphos Eagles.
Income-eligible resi-
dents who live in the
Delphos school district
or have a Delphos mail-
ing address are invited to
take advantage of this free
opportunity. Recipients
will need to sign a self-
declaration-of-income form.
Doors to the distribu-
tion will open at 2 p.m.
Contributions from
local residents, busi-
nesses and organiza-
tions to the Community
Unity project make this
distribution possible.
The Meadows of Kalida
will host Breakfast with
the Easter Bunny from
9:30-11 a.m. on April 23.
Children ages 1-10
are welcome.
There will also be a
petting zoo and draw-
ing for prizes.
The Meadows will
also host a Memory Care
Support Group from 12:30-
2 p.m. on April 27.
This group is offered to
any community members
going through the dementia
journey with a loved one.
will be served.
RSVP to Cindy at 419-
532-2961 by April 26.
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For The Record
My mother and sister have been working on
our family trees for some time now.
My sister is the keeper of the binders. There
are four of them – one for each of our grand-
There are gaps here and there and some
things they’ve found don’t have an explana-
Since this project started well after all the
immediate ancestors had passed, they may
never be filled in. I guess we just never asked
the right questions or showed interest in where
we came from or who.
On Thursday, I traveled to Ottawa with a
group to interview a 98-year-old woman who
spent the better part of her childhood living next
door to the “The Place on Jennings Creek,” or
what most of us refer to as the Peltier House.
The thrust behind the afternoon jaunt was
Jack Adams’ quest to learn more about who
had lived in the home he and his wife are now
renovating. Sue Vasquez and Helen Kaverman
were my other travel mates.
We spent the better part of 90 minutes lis-
tening to her stories and asking questions when
she would stop.
While we were there, it struck me that
often we don’t realize how many vital pieces
of history we let go when someone leaves us
without sharing them; perhaps because no one
ever asked.
There have been numerous times we were
working on a story in the newsroom and
would come up a question or two to which we
couldn’t find the answer. Someone would way,
“Oh, so-and-so would know that but they are
Mel Westrich was one of those. Jim Metcalfe
was trying to put together an historical piece
about baseball in Delphos. Time and time
again people he would talk to would say, “Mel
Westrich would know that.” Well, Mel was
gone and he took with him all that history. He
was a gold mine and we let it get away.
Cameron and I have marveled at the work
my mother and sister have done. He actually
started it all by requesting a packet. Weeks
later, an inch-thick envelope arrived with what
would become the basis of my families’ trees.
Oddly enough, we do have a few places that
don’t branch much. Perhaps you don’t find that
odd at all. Just don’t tell me, OK. There were
two brothers who married sisters and so on. It
wasn’t really that uncommon for cousins to
marry back in the day. There were a lot fewer
people on our planet and they couldn’t just hop
in a car and go.
Meanwhile, back on the ranch, the lady we
spent Thursday afternoon with was delightful.
She was sharp and a tack, witty and had a great
sense of humor. I hope I am still those things 20
years from now let alone 50.
Helen learned some about her family. They
share a cousin or two. It was Sue’s aunt so she
learned about her family, too.
Jack filled in the gaps in a few of the years
in his new home’s history.
I came away with a story you guys will read
next week.
I enjoy my job and most of it doesn’t seem
like work. I feel blessed I got to spend an
afternoon with such good company and call it
a job.
After you read this, you should call a rela-
tive and just ask, “What was it like when you
were growing up?”
Then write it down and pass it on.
On the
Other hand
The following is the report
concerning construction and
maintenance work on state
highways within the Ohio
Department of Transportation
District 1 which includes the
counties of Allen, Defiance,
Hancock, Hardin, Paulding,
Putnam, Van Wert and
Wyandot. This report is
issued each Thursday begin-
ning in April and continues
through November.
(All work will take place
weather permitting and dur-
ing daytime hours Monday
through Friday only unless
otherwise indicated)
Allen County
Ohio 309 (Elida Road)
from Robb Avenue to
Eastown Road on the west
side of Lima is currently
restricted to one lane in the
eastbound direction for a
safety upgrade project. Crews
are currently working in the
area between Robb Avenue
and Arthur Avenue during
daytime hours. Beginning
Monday, a night crew will
begin excavation work in
the area from Wendy’s to
Eastown Road. With the addi-
tion of the night shift, crews
will be working in the zone
most hours of the day and
night. Motorists are asked
to drive cautiously through
the area and remain aware of
equipment moving in and out
of the work zone. The project
will continue until September.
U.S 30 from Fifth Street to
Leatherwood Road will be
restricted to one lane in the
eastbound direction most of
the week for sealing of pave-
ment cracks.
Putnam County
Ohio 109 between the
village of Ottawa and Ohio
613 will be restricted to one
lane through the work zone
for approximately two days
of the week for sealing of
pavement cracks.
U.S. 224, Ohio 115, Ohio
190, Ohio 634, and Ohio
66 will be restricted at vari-
ous locations throughout the
week during berm restoration
Van Wert County
Ohio 118 (Shannon
Street) between Ervin Road
and Main Street remains
open to local traffic only dur-
ing reconstruction, widening,
and water line and sanitary
installation project which
began in 2010. Localized,
one-block closures will occur
throughout the project. Work
is expected to be completed
in September.
U.S. 30 between U.S. 224
and Lincoln Highway will
be restricted to one lane in
each direction through the
work zone for a resurfac-
ing project which will begin
April 18. Work will continue
until October. Ramp closures
at the U.S. 127 interchange
will be necessary at some
point during the project.
U.S. 30 from the
Paulding County line to
Convoy-Heller Road will be
restricted to one lane through
the work zone, one direction
at a time, for sealing of pave-
ment cracks. Work will occur
through the majority of the
Write it down, pass it on
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Ten OH
— A northern Colorado
woman who was play-
ing a game on Facebook
while her 13-month-old
baby drowned in a bathtub
was sentenced Friday to 10
years in prison.
Shannon Johnson, 34,
of Fort Lupton, cried as
District Judge Thomas
Quammen told her he
didn’t think she was a bad
person or that she killed her
son on purpose, the Greeley
Tribune reported. But, he
added, that doesn’t mean
her action wasn’t criminal.
“You left this little
boy in a bathtub so you
could entertain yourself
on the computer by play-
ing games,” Quammen
said. “And you left that
13-month-old human being,
little Joseph, incredibly for
those reasons.”
Johnson pleaded guilty in
March to negligently caus-
ing the death of her child.
The charge carried a sen-
tencing range of four to 12
years, but it also left open
the possibility of alternative
sentencing, which means
she might have avoided
spending time behind bars.
Authorities rejected both
of those options, saying
they didn’t want to play
down the seriousness of her
According to court doc-
uments, Johnson put her
son in the tub for his bath
a little after 8:30 a.m. on
Sept. 20. She then left him
unsupervised as she went to
another room to share vid-
eos, check status updates
and play Cafi World on
When she returned to
the bathroom, she found
Joseph sideways and face-
down in the water.
Johnson called 911 to
say Joseph wasn’t breath-
ing. Paramedics were able
to revive the toddler but he
was pronounced dead at a
Denver hospital.
According to the affi-
davit, Johnson told police
the boy “wanted to be left
alone” and was a very
“independent baby.”
She also told police she
knew what it was like to be
told “no,” and she did not
want her baby to be told
The affidavit says she
also did not want him to be
known as a “mama’s boy.”
Johnson told police she
gave the boy a bath every
day — sometimes twice a
day. She said that on the
day Joseph died, the water
level might have been high-
er than usual.
Johnson told police she
had been leaving Joseph
in the bathtub alone for
Johnson also told author-
ities that her son had a sei-
zure at his grandmother’s
house a month earlier and
had been given anti-seizure
medication in case it hap-
pened again. Doctors didn’t
diagnose the cause of the
seizure and there were no
other occurrences, Johnson
The investigation into
the boy’s death was delayed
while investigators waited
for the final autopsy report.
That report came back Jan.
3. It said the baby died of
anoxic brain injury, car-
diac arrest and drowning,
according to the arrest affi-
davit. Johnson was arrested
days later.
She was also sentenced
to five years of mandatory
parole following her incar-
Wel d Count y
Undersheriff Margie
Martinez told KMGH-TV
in Denver that Johnson’s
mother said she had warned
her daughter of the danger
of leaving the toddler unat-
tended in water just days
before he drowned.
“She told her she
wouldn’t do it anymore,”
Martinez said.
Mom sentenced in son’s death
Delphos City Schools
Week of April 18-22
Monday: Chicken strips, din-
ner roll, broccoli with cheese,
orange smiles, lowfat milk.
Tuesday: Cincinnati chili,
breadstick or mini sub sand-
wich, tossed salad, applesauce
cup, lowfat milk.
Wednesday: Corn dog on a
stick, baked beans, peaches,
chocolate chip cookie, lowfat
Thursday: Pepperoni pizza,
green beans, fruit, lowfat milk.
Friday: No school.
St. John’s
Week of April 18-22
Monday: Chicken noodles/
roll or shredded beef sandwich,
corn, salad, sherbet, milk.
Tuesday: Chicken strips/roll
or cold meat sandwich, cheese
potatoes, salad, pears, milk.
Wednesday: Sub sandwich/
lettuce/ tomato/ onion or BBQ
pork sandwich, potato chips,
salad, fruit bar, milk.
Thursday: Beef and cheese
nachos/ breadsticks or meatloaf
sandwich, peas, salad, apple-
sauce, milk.
Friday: No school.
Week of April 18-22
Monday: Hamburger sand-
wich, corn, fruit, milk.
Tuesday: Hot dog or ched-
darwurst sandwich, potato
rounds, fruit, milk.
Wednesday: Breaded chick-
en strips, butter/peanut butter
bread, green beans, fruit, milk.
Thursday: Ham sandwich,
scalloped potatoes, fruit, milk.
Friday: No school.
Fort Jennings
Week of April 18-22
Chocolate, white or strawber-
ry milk served with all meals.
H.S. - Ala Carte - Pretzel
and cheese available every
Friday; Salad bar with fruit and
milk for $2.00 available every
Monday: Sloppy Jo sand-
wich, mashed potatoes, corn,
Tuesday: Salisbury steak,
mashed potatoes, green beans,
dinner roll, fruit.
Wednesday: Chicken strips,
baked beans, dinner roll, fruit.
Thursday: TBA.
Friday: No school.
Week of April 18-22
Monday: Sloppy Joe, french
fries, green beans, applesauce,
Tuesday: Chicken nuggets,
augratin potatoes, butter bread,
peaches, milk.
Wednesday: No school.
Thursday: No school.
Friday: No school.
Week of April 18-22
Monday: Chicken parmesan,
corn, strawberries, milk.
Tuesday: Pepperoni pizza,
California blend, grapes, milk.
Wednesday: Salisbury steak,
mashed potatoes, dinner roll,
mixed fruit, milk.
Thursday: Sloppy Joes/bun,
fries, bunny cookies, peaches,
Friday: No school.
Elida Elementary,
Middle and High School
Week of April 18-22
Daily every student is
offered the choice of four dif-
ferent lunches. These include
the one printed here, pizza
lunch, sandwich lunch or chef
salad lunch.
Monday: Hot dog, side of
mac and cheese, fresh carrots,
assorted fruit, lowfat milk.
Tuesday: Walking taco
with toppings, seasoned corn,
assorted fruit, garlic breadstick,
lowfat milk.
Wednesday: Chicken ten-
ders, raspberry sherbet, apple-
sauce cup, dinner roll, lowfat
Thursday: No school.
Friday: No school.
Week of April 18-22
Monday: Macaroni and
cheese, fresh carrots, assorted
fruit, soft twist pretzel, lowfat
Tuesday: Walking taco
with toppings, seasoned corn,
assorted fruit, garlic breadstick,
lowfat milk.
Wednesday: Cheeseburger
w/pickle, french fries, assorted
fruit, lowfat milk.
Thursday: No school.
Friday: No school.
Week of April 18-22
Monday: Johnny Marzetti,
salad with veggies, garlic bread-
stick, peaches, milk.
Tuesday: Shredded beef and
cheese sandwich, curly fries,
pears, milk.
Wednesday: Chicken nug-
gets, mashed potatoes, gravy, 8
grain dinner roll, peaches, milk.
Thursday: Cheeseburger
sandwich, baked beans, apple-
sauce, Easter Rice Krispie treat
Friday: No school.
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Sr. English teacher
Although Senior Capstone
Presentation Day took place
over a week ago, seniors
had one final writing assign-
ment to complete the Senior
Capstone Reflection. This
reflection piece is written
after the students have given
the presentation and requires
them to look back over the
entire capstone process
and share what they hon-
estly learned about and how
they have benefited from
the experience in regard to
their career technical field
of study.
The following includes a
few more examples of proj-
ects that were presented and
the students’ own personal
Rylee Carlisle, a Paulding
Welding senior, actually got
the idea for his senior project
during his junior year. As a
junior welding lab assign-
ment, Rylee designed, fab-
ricated, and welded a model
semi-tanker all from scrap
metal he found in the shop.
This is when he stumbled
across the idea for his Senior
Capstone project. “I wanted
to make a semi again this
time only bigger and better
with more realistic details.”
Once again, using only scrap
metal he scavenged from the
shop, Rylee went to work
designing, fabricating, and
welding his Peterbilt semi-
tractor. By Carlisle’s esti-
mate, he spent over 50 hours
(some of which he completed
at home) on this project. To
make the semi more realistic,
little touches such as wiper
blades, mirrors, CB anten-
nas, a chain rack, and rolling
wheels, to name just a few,
add a touch of authentic-
ity to his project. In addi-
tion to these details, Rylee
chromed out the stacks, gas
tanks, steps, air breathers,
and front bumper. Then he
wired LEDs for the head-
lights, running lights and tow
lights. Finally, he had the
semi professionally painted.
If that wasn’t enough,
Chad Mills, a Welding senior
from Crestview, fabricated
and built a flatbed trailer to
go with Rylee’s semi-tractor.
Mills painted the flatbed and
also added specific details to
add to the realism. Carlisle
has fielded offers to purchase
his semi-tractor, but thus far
he has declined to sell it.
Eric Spurr, a Buildings
and Grounds senior from
Lincolnview, took an old
dining room table and chairs,
and converted it into an Ohio
State themed bumper pool/
poker table. Spurr shared his
thoughts on presentation day,
“The thing I enjoyed most
that day was how everyone’s
faces lit up after seeing my
completed project.” Spurr
has donated the table and
chairs and it will be raffled
off by the Vantage Career
Center’s Relay for Life team.
Not only did Spurr get to
demonstrate his practical
carpentry skills, his act of
generosity is also a demon-
stration of giving back to his
Interactive Media stu-
dent, Dalton Raines, from
Van Wert, also found a way
to give to his community
as well. Dalton created PSA
(public service announce-
ment) for Goodwill of Van
Wert. Dalton’s project
involved consultation with
the manager of Goodwill
and coming up with an idea
to promote the store. Then
Raines created a storyboard,
shot footage, edited video,
recorded audio, and sever-
al other odds and ends to
complete the final 60 sec-
ond PSA. Although this is
Dalton’s first attempt at cre-
ating a PSA, he feels that this
is “a good project to build
upon.” He hopes to get his
PSA on DVD where it can
be played for all to see at the
Goodwill store.
Brea Boaz and Haley
Ehrsam, both Cosmetology
students from Van Wert, took
on the task of being co-cap-
tains for the Vantage Career
Center’s 2011 Relay for Life
team. Both girls attended
the Van Wert County Relay
for Life Kick-off meeting in
January, have planned team
meetings, worked with team
members developing fund-
raising ideas, decorated hun-
dreds of cupcakes as part
of the fundraising efforts,
and successfully organized
and pulled off the biggest
fundraiser of the year — a
school-wide manicure/pedi-
cure day involving all junior
and senior cosmetology stu-
dents raking in over $700.
However, just because these
two have given their presen-
tations, it doesn’t mean their
project is finished. Both these
young women will be com-
pleting fundraising events,
lining up team walkers, and
spending many, many hours
walking at the Relay for Life
event on May 6-7.
The students and projects
mentioned in this article, as
well as those in last week’s,
are only a small sampling
of the excellent and creative
projects this year’s seniors
presented. Time and space
does not permit us to share
the almost 200 outstanding
projects presented on April
Senior Capstone Projects — Part II
Eric Spurr, from Lincolnview, with his Ohio State-themed bumper pool/poker table.
While doing some research
for the museum, I came
across an interesting organi-
zation that is using postage
stamps to promote one of
the most precious things on
earth – peace. If you think
about the world’s philosophy
on this subject, you might
come to the conclusion that
wars must be fought in order
to promote peace. We have
spoken of disarmament with
other nations or developed
peace agreements concerning
nuclear warfare. But to this
organization, peace can be
achieved through education.
The name of the orga-
nization is World PEAS.
Their mission is to combine
the subjects of philately and
international education. They
promote stamp collecting to
a higher purpose of teaching
and learning global aware-
ness. World PEAS is an
acronym derived from World
Philately as Educational Aid
to Society. The word “peas”
is also intended as a play
on the word “peace.” The
World PEAS logo is that of
a stylized white dove—the
universal symbol of peace—
with a pea pod in its beak,
spilling peas—or the seeds
of peace—all over the Earth.
Their slogan is short and
to the point — “Learn the
world through stamps”. But
their mission encompasses so
many different aspects of life
The organization seeks
out teachers and students
from all over the world to
use stamps to understand
the world’s geography, its
cultures and its ecosystems.
If you think for a moment
where prejudice is born, you
realize that it flourishes in
ignorance and misconcep-
tions. Conversely, the more
we know and the more we
interact, the more we real-
ize that all peoples and all
cultures are interconnected
by basic human needs. What
sets human beings apart from
all other species is our desire
and our ability to learn.
Their hope is to “inspire,
through the combined wis-
dom of the world’s postage
stamps, a more harmonious
future that works for every-
one.” World PEAS has been
able to cross borders through
its partners. You may think
that philately – the collecting
of stamps – is on its last leg.
But here is just a short list
of some of those who will
disagree with that thought:
The American Philatelic
Society; Universal Postal
Union; World Association
for the Development of
Philately; International
Federation of Philately;
International Publishers’ of
Postage Stamp Catalogues,
Stamp Albums and Philatelic
Publications Association;
The International Federation
of Philatelic Journalists.
Why postage stamps,
you ask? Postage stamps are
issued by every country in
the world. If you recall in
a previous article, I spoke
about the selection process
the US Postal Service uses to
determine who or what will
be immortalized. Thousands
of subjects are submitted
each year and approximately
30 of these ideas and designs
make that final cut. What
better way is there to learn
about a country’s philosophy
than what they hold most
dear. Stamps show the world
the items of which a country
is most proud of.
Our youth will be forced
into a world where globaliza-
tion has caused us to be more
intensely aware of diversity.
Stamps convey information
about a country’s people, his-
tory, human heritage, natural
wonders and cultural identity
and its art. A stamp is a uni-
versal symbol we can all rec-
ognize. Since postage stamps
are designed to communicate
in images, they can transcend
the barriers of language. The
messages they send are quite
So how is this accom-
plished? Stay tuned for future
updates on this subject.
From the Vantage Point
Project Recycle
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Delphos Project Recycle
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at Delphos Fuel and Wash
north of Double A Trailer
Sales on East Fifth Street.
Newspaper, phone books
and aluminum cans need to
be in separate containers
because they are stored on
location and sold as a fund-
raiser for the Girl Scouts and
All other items are taken
to the Van Wert Recycle
Cardboard, magazines
and plastic shopping bags
also need to be separated.
All tin, plastic and glass
containers need to be rinsed
clean. Labels can be left on
items and they can be co-
No window or plate glass,
nor light bulbs, ornamental,
Pyrex or cookware glass will
be accepted.
Computers, etc., are also
accepted but no monitors or
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4 — The Herald Saturday, April 16, 2011
Moderately confused
One Year Ago
• St. John’s Elementary School students recently com-
pleted a St. Jude’s Math-a-thon, raising $7,885.99 in pledg-
es. Kindergarten students Lexi Sykm, Austin Pohlman and
Stephanie Neumeier raised the most in the school with Skym
collecting $150; Pohlman, $125; and Neumeier, $125.
25 Years Ago — 1986
• A&D Tire, 103 W. Canal St., Ottoville, has joined Metro
25 Car Care Centers Inc., according to Dick Beining, co-owner
of the company. Brothers Alan and Dick Beining opened A&D
Tire in 1960. The 3,000 square-foot store features tires and
gasoline sales, and serves as a Bumper-to-Bumper auto parts
• Twenty-three members attended the recent Landeck
Catholic Ladies of Columbia meeting. Women celebrating
birthdays in April are Imelda Mueller, Bernie Pohlman, Edna
Freund and Norma Ditto. Each received a gift and best wishes
from the council.
• More than $900 was raised for St. John’s Scholarship Fund
in a “Nickel War” sponsored by the eighth grade Leadership
Committee. Members of the committee who spearheaded the
contest were Corey Westrich, Melonie Wurst, Missy Keister,
Clint Gable, Nikki Wellmann and Chris Trentman.
50 Years Ago — 1961
• Mr. and Mrs. John R. Hoverman of the Hoverman Studio,
have received word that five of their portraits were on display
at the 25th annual convention of Professional Photographers of
Indiana held April 9-11 in the Severin Hotel in Indianapolis.
Mrs. Hoverman’s portraits were of Dawn Armstrong, grand-
daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Robert I. Porter; and of Linda Conley,
daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Ray Conley. Mr. Hoverman’s prints
were of Mrs. Kenneth Buettner; a bride print of the former
Martha Dolbey of Venedocia, and two were of his wife.
• A Delphos clergyman has been named chairman of a
statewide seminar of study and action relating to rural strategy.
Rev. Don R. Yocom, pastor of Trinity Methodist Church, was
chosen as chairman of the seminar because of his vital interest
in rural work. He is also at present the chairman of town and
county work for the Lima District, and a vice chairman of the
regional jurisdictional body of the Methodist Church.
75 Years Ago — 1936
• The opening round of the marble tournament at St. John’s
School was played off Wednesday afternoon. The following
survived the first round: First grade, Joe Falter, O. Ardner,
James Stevick, Merlin Wieging; second grade, Bill Swick,
Bobby Falke; third grade, Bill Clark; fourth grade, German;
fifth grade, Kemper and sixth grade, Paul Grewe.
• Lima Knights of Pythias were successful in a pinochle con-
test with members of the Delphos K of P Lodge at Castle Hall
on West Second Street Wednesday night. Following the games,
a fish fry was enjoyed. The eatables were prepared in a deli-
cious manner by R. J. Porter, Ed. Cordell and L. K. Schaffer.
• John E. Osgood, superintendent of school at Fort Jennings,
submitted the following honor roll for the high school for
the third quarter: Martha Boehmer, Esther Calvelage, Viola
Calvelage, Edward Klima, Ruth Kohls, Arthur Kramer, Marie
Kramer, Joseph Mack, Eileen McNamara, James McNamara,
Charles Meyer, Juliana Nartker, Florence Recker, Florence
Saum and Richard VonLehmden.
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to the
The local Diesel-Wemmer
factory loaded 150,000 San
Felice cigars Monday as
their share of a car-load of
cigars that is bound for over-
seas. The cigars were packed
in 6,000 boxes of 25 each.
Other factories added more
cigars to the car-load.
Delphos Herald,
March 4, 1919
School sells W.S.S.
The pupils of the schools
in Delphos have been work-
ing hard during the past
weeks selling War Savings
Stamps. Each weekly report
has shown a material increase
over the previous week’s
sales and there is no doubt
but that many of the juvenile
salesmen and sales ladies are
going to try for a complete
set of the stamps.
Delphos Herald,
March 6, 1919
Get Letter from
Son in Training Camp
Mr. and Mrs. Robert
Wilkins, South Cass street,
are in receipt of a letter
from theirs on, Melvin, who
enlisted in the United States
Aviation Technical Training
school, Chanute Field,
Rantoul, Ill.
He states that there are
5,300 recruits at the field and
between 11,000 and 15,000
enlisted men and officers sta-
tioned there.
He is stationed in the
field’s tent city but will soon
be assigned to a permanent
Mr. Wilkins stated that
on Saturday he attended the
Illinois-Bradley football
game at Champaign, Illinois.
About 5,000 enlisted men
were guests of officials.
Delphos Herald,
Oct. 9, 1940
Excerpt From a
General Order,
Jan. 23, 1919
Headquarters 1st
Machine Gun B.W.
American E.F. Arzbach,
General Order No. 1
The Battalion Commander
cites as a group for their gal-
lantry in action and devo-
tion to duty under most dif-
ficult conditions, the offi-
cers and enlisted men who
participated in the offensive
near Exermont between the
Argonne and Mense, Oct. 4th
to Oct. 12th, 1918, as follows:
Headquarters Detachment,
Company A. Company B.
Medical Detachment.
The following officers and
men are personally cited for
their especially meritorious
conduct during the opera-
tions mentioned above.
Pvt. Med. F. Granger, Co.
“As runner performed his
hazardous duties four days
and in a most praiseworthy
manner, crossing and recross-
ing heavily shelled areas in
order to accomplish his mis-
sions, at Exermont while the
town was receiving a terrific
bombardment remained in
the open in order to direct
an ammunition train to a for-
ward position.”
Signed G. M. Gillett Jr.
Captain Cavalry,
Delphos Herald,
Mar. 5, 1919
Joseph Niemeyer
Twice Reported Dead
“Woke up in the hospi-
tal,” says Jos. Niemeyer, son
of Mrs. Elizabeth Niemeyer,
east of Delphos, who recent-
ly returned from overseas. It
will be remembered that Mr.
Niemeyer was twice reported
dead. “I don’t know how the
report happened to be made,”
says Mr. Niemeyer, “unless
someone saw me fall and
thought I had been killed.”
Mr. Niemeyer spent about
two and one half months in
Alsace-Lorraine and two
weeks at Verdun. He saw
considerable fighting and
considers himself fortunate
in being alive today. He went
“over the top” on September
26th and was wounded in the
head on the next day. He was
carried from the field in an
unconscious condition, not
recovering consciousness
for about twenty-four hours.
He remained in the hospital
for two months. It was dur-
ing this period in the hospital
that he wrote the letter which
brought hope again to the
loved ones at home and also
during this time that the sec-
ond report of his death was
sent out. It was around this
time that St. John’s Catholic
Church offered a Requiem
Mass for Mr. Niemeyer.
Delphos Herald,
Jan. 2, 1919
Civil War News
The following is a list of
soldiers graves, unmarked in
Allen County as reported to
the Adjutant-General:
Jacob Bussart, Co.
A, 74th O.V.I. killed at
Murfreesboro, buried in
Berryhill’s Cemetery on
Sugar Creek, Bath Township
on John Miller’s farm; Wm.
McGraw, Corp., Co. A.
118th. O.V.I. buried in the
Catholic Cemetery, Lima;
Alexander B. Maxwell, Co.
A. 118th O.V.I. buried in
township cemetery, Lima;
Nathaniel G. Franklin, Co.
B, 81st O.V.I. buried in the
Danials graveyard near Perry
Chapel, Perry Township;
Ancel B. Caddy, member of
McAllister’s Battery, died
at Fort Donaldson, Tenn.,
March 3, 1862, buried in
Lima Cemetery; Robert Dyer
Caddy, Captain, Co. C, 90th
O.V.I. killed at Chickamauga,
Tenn., Sept. 20, 1863; Patrick
May, Co. C. McLoughlin
Squadron, buried in Baptist
Delphos Herald, 1878
New Civil War Industry
Among the newest indus-
tries developed by the Civil
War, that of gathering lead
from Southern battlefields is
a novel one. Nearly a half
million pounds of lead bul-
lets have been gathered near
Marietta, Ga., and sold.
Delphos Herald,
Aug. 9, 1878
“The Squirrel Hunters”
In September 1862, it
looked like Cincinnati was in
danger of being attacked by
John Morgan’s Confederate
raiders. The Governor called
for volunteers and there being
no arms, each volunteer was
required to bring his own
arms and ammunition. Thus
the rifles of the early settlers
with their powder and bullets
were brought into requisi-
tion. The company hastened
to Cincinnati and was there
placed upon a steamboat with
steam up, ready to go to any
point needed.
Various headgear, from
coonskin cap to the home-
made straw hat was in evi-
dence; as to the clothes, from
the homemade jeans to the
cast-off dress suit; and as for
footwear, from the homemade
moccasin and the gum boot
to the congress shoe, (thus
the reason they were called
“The Squirrel Hunters”.)
Thorough preparations
with the troops placed in posi-
tion behind breastworks and
in trenches, caused General
Heath, of the rebel forces,
when he drew up before this
array of determined citizen
soldiers, to give the matter
serious consideration before
making an attack. After
viewing the situation from
all points, he decided to with-
draw while he could, under
the cover of darkness and a
violent thunderstorm.
Of the company from Van
Wert County, only two made
any display of cowardice and
they had been the loudest
in their talk of what they
would do saying they had
come to defend Cincinnati
and not go to Kentucky to
fight. But when placed in
the ranks with comrades they
knew had been selected for
the occasion, their opposition
was confined to grumbling.
Van Wert’s roster con-
sisted of 17 officers and 76
From History of
Van Wert County
by Gilliland
Inside Story on
Battle of Gettysburg
The charge of Picketts
division in the battle of
Gettysburg has often been
described by war corre-
spondents and others who
witnessed the memorable
conflict, but perhaps no one
has more correctly portrayed
the situation than General
Longstreet, who said the fol-
“Pickett said to me:
‘General, shall I advance?’
My feelings had so overcome
me that I did not speak, for
fear of betraying my want of
confidence to him. I bowed
my affirmation, and turned
to mount my horse. Picket
immediately said, ‘I shall
lead my division forward
sir.’ I spurred my horse to
the woods, where Alexander
was stationed with artillery.
When I reached him, he
told me of the disappear-
ance of the seven guns which
were to lead the charge with
Pickett, and that his ammu-
nition was so low that he
could not properly support
the charge. I at once ordered
him to stop Pickett until the
ammunition was replenished.
He informed me that he had
no ammunition to replenish.
I then saw there was no help
and that Pickett must advance
under his orders. He swept
past our artillery in splendid
style, and the men marched
in splendid style, and the
men marched steadily down
the slope. As they started up
the slope, over one hundred
canon from the breastworks
of the Federals hurled a rain
of canister, grapeshot and
shell down upon them; still
they pressed on until halfway
up the slope, when the crest
of the hill was lit up with
a solid sheet of flame, as
the masses of infantry rose
and fired. When the smoke
cleared away, Picketts divi-
sion was gone. Nearly two-
thirds of the men lay dead
on the field, and the survi-
vors were sullenly retreat-
ing down the hill. Mortal
men could not have stood
the fire. In half an hour the
contested field was cleared
and the battle of Gettysburg
was over.”
Delphos Herald,
Jan. 17, 1878
10 to 20 Million Bushels
of Grain Will Be Saved
The food conservation
program’s eggless and poul-
tryless Thursdays began
today amid reports that the
“eat less poultry,” appeal
soon may be eliminated from
the campaign.
A high government food
expert said that officials are
studying the poultry situation
and may discontinue poultry-
less days if the Agriculture
Department report next
Wednesday shows sufficient
stock in storage.
This disclosure came as
Charles Luckman, chairman
of President Truman’s Food
Conservation Committee,
predicted that the entire dis-
tilling industry would shut
down for 60 days to save
grain for western Europe.
Luckman made the fore-
cast after 18 of 30 major
distillers voted to accept
the President’s request for a
two month shutdown. The
other distillers have asked
for more time to consider the
Spokesmen for Luckman
said that they anticipate more
public cooperation in saving
poultry and eggs today than
the nation showed for the
first meatless day, Tuesday.
Delphos Herald,
Oct. 9, 1947
(Repeat of a Poem about
the Kaiser in W.W. I - R.H.)
The Kaiser William called
the devil up on the telephone
one day.
The girl at central listened
to all they had to say.
“I was running things to
suit me.
Till a year or so ago,
When a man named
Woodrow Wilson
Wrote me to go more
“He said to me: Dear
We don’t want to make
you sore,
So be sure to tell your
To sink our ships no
“We have told you for the
last time,
So dear Bill, it’s up to
And if you don’t stop it,
You have got to fight us
“I did not listen to him,
And he is coming after
With his million Yankee
From their home
across the sea.
“Now why I called you
For I want advice from
I knew that you would
tell me
Just what I ought to do.
“My dear Kaiser William,
There is not much for me
to tell
For the yanks will make
it hotter
Than I can for you in
“I’ve been a mean old
But not half as mean as
And the minute that you
get here
I will give my job to you.
“I’ll be ready for your
I’ll keep the fires up
And I’ll have your room
all ready,
When the yanks begin to
“For the boys in khaki
will get you,
I have nothing more to
Hang up your phone and
get your hat,
And meet me here in
Delphos Herald,
Oct. 17, 1918
Spanish American
War - 1898
The little puns published
in last Wednesday’s Herald
regarding the soliciting of
recruits to go to Cuba to fight
Spain, by Charley Davies,
was taken in earnest by two
Fort Jennings patriots who
read the account. Letters
came to Charley from them
Tuesday, offering their ser-
vices in which they would
furnish their own guns and
pay their own expenses to
Cuba. It was only a joke but
the Fort Jennings boys took it
in earnest and by their offer,
demonstrated the loyalty
and ever-readiness of a true
American in a just cause.
With the sinking of
the Maine, a western
Congressman wrote home:
“I’ll tell you this means war
with the Spanish ... even if
the President’s commission
clears them of all blame, it
will make no difference ...
the people are bound to have
a war, and that business in
Havanna Harbor’s excuse
enough to start one.”
The Spanish authorities,
disavowing any responsibil-
ity for the sinking of the
Maine are offering to make
public apology, as well as
monetary compensation for
the damage, and in short, to
do anything to prevent war.
In the opinion of the court,
the Maine was destroyed
by a submarine mine which
caused the explosion of two
or more of her forward mag-
azines. The court has been
unable to fix the blame upon
any person or persons.
The investigation cleared
up nothing. Some experts
believed that a mine, torn
loose from a floating mine-
field, had drifted against the
A contemporary writer
had the following to say,
“We don’t like foreigners,
but invite them to come here.
We treat them badly, poke
fun at them, insult them, but
after a while don’t give a
hoot where they came from,
or how rich he is, as long
as he pulls his own weight.
Our main trouble is that we
grew too fast, and we are
still learning that democracy
includes everybody, no mat-
ter his name, origin, religion
or color.
Delphos Herald,
Feb. 25, 1898
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Happy Birthday
9-11:30 a.m.— Delphos
Project Recycle at Delphos
Fuel and Wash.
9 a.m. to noon — Interfaith
Thrift Store is open for shop-
St. Vincent DePaul Society,
located at the east edge of the
St. John’s High School park-
ing lot, is open.
10 a.m to 2 p.m. — Delphos
Postal Museum is open.
12:15 p.m. — Testing of
warning sirens by Delphos
Fire and Rescue
1-3 p.m. — Delphos Canal
Commission Museum, 241 N.
Main St., is open.
7 p.m. — Bingo at St.
John’s Little Theatre.
8-11:30 a.m. — Knights
of Columbus benefit for St.
John’s School at the hall, Elida
1-3 p.m. — The Delphos
Canal Commission Museum,
241 N. Main St., is open.
11:30 a.m. — The Green
Thumb Garden Club will meet
at the Delphos Public Library
for luncheon and program.
Mealsite at Delphos Senior
Citizen Center, 301 Suthoff
7 p.m. — Washington
Township Trustees meet at the
township house.
7:30 p.m. — Jefferson
Athletic Boosters meet at the
high school library.
Spencerville village council
meets at the mayor’s office.
Delphos Eagles Auxiliary
meets at the Eagles Lodge,
1600 Fifth St.
11:30 a.m. — Mealsite at
Delphos Senior Citizen Center,
301 Suthoff Street.
1-3 p.m. — Delphos Area
Visiting Nurses offer free
blood pressure checks at
Delphos Discount Drugs.
6 p.m. — Weight Watchers
meets at Trinity United
Methodist Church, 211 E.
Third St.
6:30 p.m. — Delphos Lions
Club, Eagles Lodge, 1600 E.
Fifth St.
7 p.m. — Delphos Area
Art Guild (DAAG) will meet
at their new location in the
second floor gallery of the
Delphos Postal Museum of
History at 339 N. Main St.
Please notify the Delphos
Herald at 419-695-0015 if
there are any corrections
or additions to the Coming
Events column.
Humane Society of Allen County has many pets waiting
for adoption. Each comes with a spay or neuter, first shots
and a heartworm test. The Humane Society is located at
3606 Elida Road, Lima, and can be contacted at 419-991-
The following pets are available for adoption through The
Animal Protective League;
Tiger, M, 3 years, neutered, front dew clawed, gray, name
Tiger, M, 4 years, dew clawed, neutered, name Buckeye
and Jasper
F, 2 years, gray, spayed, name Nibbles
F, 2 years, name Eclipse
M, F, 1 year, short and long haired, tiger, orange and white,
yellow tiger
M, F, 7 weeks, white, white and black, gray, gray tiger
F, 5 months, yellow, name Babe
F, 7 months, white name Luna and Blonde
Walker Coon mix, F, 7 years, spayed, brown, name Angel
Boxer, F, 2 years, brown, name Lady
Border Collie, M, 6 years
For more information on these pets or if you are in
need of finding a home for your pet contact The Animal
Protective League from 9-5 weekdays at 419-749-2976. If
you are looking for a pet not listed call to be put on a wait-
ing list in case something becomes available. Donations
or correspondence can be sent to PO Box 321, Van Wert,
Ohio 45891.
Bressler was found as
astray at Bressler Reservoir,
very thin and malnourished.
He’s still a bit shy, but he’s
healthy, happy, and ready
for his Forever Home!
Hobo is sweet but shy
Plott Hound mix. He was
part of a large group of dogs
that did not have enough
human contact.
April 17
Erin Stewart
Bill Thompson
Erin Stokes
Andy Mox
April 18
Elmer Pothast
Omer Pothast
Sydney Freund
Tiffany Miller
Katie Evans
Michelle Connor
Christine Lindeman
Lincolnview Jr. High
Gold Honor Roll (3.670-
Grade seven
Trevor Neate, Marcy
Shoppell, Ashton Bowersock,
Dustin Hale, Brooke
Schroeder, Mikenna Klinger,
Gracelyn Gorman, Austin
Leeth, Noah McMaster,
Braden Thatcher, Alyssa
Matthews, Briggs Thatcher,
Max Rice, Derek Youtsey,
Hayden Ludwig and Ethan
Grade eight
Hannah McCleery, Bayley
Tow, Clarissa Clay, Mikinzie
Dull, Tyler Brant, Alicyn
Dickman, Nathaniel Byrne,
Stephanie Longwell, Micah
Germann, Julia Thatcher,
Tiffiny West, Elizabeth
Morgan, Baylee Neate,
Jacob Gibson, Nathan Diller,
Brooke Lehman and Madison
Blue Honor Roll (2.670-
Grade seven
Joseph Frank, Christian
Lintermoot, Anna Gorman,
Braxton Matthews, Louis
Crow, Carter Gorman, Morgan
Dougal, Parker Sealscott,
Savannah Bigham, Adams
Chandler, Breanne Magner,
Whitney Welker, Gwendolyn
Burdette, Jared Stienecker,
Samantha Klausing, Hunter
Blankemeyer, Keli Ralston,
Elizabeth Lammers, Cole
Schmersal, Sarah Cowling,
Lincoln Schaffner, Cory
Miller, Madison Jones,
Hammons Dakota, Andrew
Teman, Tyler Richey,
Brendon Wallis, Jalen
Roberts, Michael Romes,
Skyler Whitaker, Angel
Kline, John Mason, Courtney
Roehm and Kayla Stachler.
Grade eight
Courtney Wendel, James
Smith, Reid Jarvis, Alexander
Rodriguez, Kaylene Stiltner,
Bryan Gray, Tina Pontius,
Brittany Pessefall, Austin
Hamel, Jacob Pollock, Damon
Norton, Benjamin Allen, John
Paul O’Daffer, Ryan Jackson,
Scott Cowling, Jordan
Young, Dylan Redmon,
Troy Thompson, Logan
Kraner, Tyler Wannemacher,
Brandon Reynolds, Brittany
Foust, DeVann Springer,
Mackenzie Strite, Tia Tate,
Summer Edwards, Taylor
Williams, Alexa Sikraji,
Logan Jewel, Devi May,
Ashley Teman, Tyler Stewart
and Kendra Fraker.
Lincolnview High
Gold Honor Roll (3.700-
Liu Ruixingchen, Victoria
Abdul, Bryce Campbell, Kyle
Williams, Dalton West, Ann
Brake, Conner McCleery,
Kelsey Mohr, Randall
Burnett, Ben Bilimek, Ashley
McClure, Amberlyn Miller
and Michael Garay.
Claire Dye, Kaitlyn
Brant, Haley McAbee, Katie
Dye, Taylor Miller, Landin
Doner, Kaylee Thatcher,
Caleb Blankemeyer, Brittany
Cavinder, Nathan Johnston,
Courtney Gorman, Jeff
Jacomet, Lauren Calvert,
Tressa Ringwald, Rachael
Bidlack, Alexandra Kleman,
Brooks Ludwig, Whitney
Miller, Austin Treesh and
Evan Williams.
Rebeccca Adam,
Samantha Karalunas, Brooke
Teman, Kerri Grothaus and
Bethany Army.
Elizabeth Regedanz,
Taylor Smith, Brianna
Johnston, Audrey Bowen,
Merissa Jones, Casey
Patterson, Taylor Hoehn,
Emily Osting and Danyelle
Blue Honor Roll (3.330-
Christine Stemen,
Pamel Kobylinska, Jordan
Ludwig, Macey Ashbaugh,
Kaitlynn Parsons, Kennedy
Mengerink, Sarah Riley,
Joanne Myers, Wyatt Saam,
Kayla Hertel and Austin
Nicholas Leeth,
Nicholas Daeger, Kendall
Dye, Jodie Doner, Angelo
Katalenas, Amanda Kocab,
Hannah Lewis and Brittany
Sabrina Barnhart, Roger
Morgan, Levi Brake and
Jenna Byrne.
Samantha Jones, Calista
Dowdy, Taylar Boroff,
Matthew Allmandinger,
Kayla Lehman, Hillary
Ludwig, Zachary Kreischer,
Daniel Gaskill, Leslie Hicks
and Tyler Wollenhaupt.
The Delphos Eagles
Auxiliary 471 met recently with
24 members in attendance.
Stacey Bridges, Lori
Goergens and Kimberly Miller
were initiated as new mem-
bers. Debra Wade rejoined the
Usual business was trans-
Nomination for auxiliary
officers for 2011-12 will take
place at Monday’s meeting.
Auxiliary members inter-
ested in being nominated for
an office should contact the
secretary for information.
Members are encouraged to
attend the meeting to nomi-
nate the candidates they want
to serve as officers.
The $12 and $12 and $1.00
door prizes remain unclaimed.
Hot Seat winners were Diana
May, Doris Keller and Ann
Baldauf. Special awards went
to Rosie Hilvers, Raylene
Fischer and Fran Kaufman.
The next meeting will begin
at 7:30 p.m. on Monday.
Eagles Aux. initiates 3 new members
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For week of April 17-23
Jefferson at Spencerville (NWC), 5
Elida at Ottoville, 5 p.m.
Lincolnview at Ada (NWC), 5 p.m.
Continental at Kalida (PCL), 5 p.m.
Columbus Grove at Bluffton (NWC),
5 p.m.
Jefferson at Spencerville (NWC), 5
Ottoville at Ayersville, 5 p.m.
Lincolnview at Ada (NWC), 5 p.m.
Kalida at Ottawa-Glandorf, 5 p.m.
Columbus Grove at Bluffton (NWC),
5 p.m.
St. John’s at St. Henry (MAC), 5
Columbus Grove at Fort Jennings
(PCL), 5 p.m.
Ottoville at Leipsic (PCL), 5 p.m.
Shawnee at Elida (WBL), 5 p.m.
Kalida at LCC, 5 p.m.
Columbus Grove at Patrick Henry,
4:30 p.m.
Spencerville at Kalida, 5 p.m.
Lincolnview at Parkway, 5 p.m.
Elida at Shawnee (WBL), 5 p.m.
Track and Field
Fort Jennings, Lincolnview and
Crestview at Jefferson, 4:30 p.m.
Paulding at Spencerville, 4:30 p.m.
Elida at Celina, 4:30 p.m.
Elida at Shawnee (WBL), 4:30 p.m.
St. John’s at Bath, 5 p.m.
LCC at Ottoville, 5 p.m.
Bluffton at Fort Jennings, 5 p.m.
St. Henry at Lincolnview, 5 p.m.
Ottoville at Lincolnview, 5 p.m.
Ottoville at St. John’s, 5 p.m.
Allen East at Jefferson (NWC), 5
Paulding at Lincolnview (NWC), 5
Spencerville at LCC (NWC), 5 p.m.
Elida at Kenton (WBL), 5 p.m.
Ada at Columbus Grove (NWC),
5 p.m.
Allen East at Jefferson (NWC), 5
Paulding at Lincolnview (NWC), 5
Spencerville at LCC (NWC), 5 p.m.
Kenton at Elida (WBL), 5 p.m.
Ada at Columbus Grove (NWC),
5 p.m.
Track and Field
Spencerville at Wapakoneta Redskin
Relays, 4:30 p.m.
Columbus Grove tri-meet, 4:45 p.m.
Continental at Ottoville, 5 p.m.
Kenton at Elida (WBL), 4:30 p.m.
Pandora-Gilboa at Ottoville (PCL),
5 p.m.
Fort Jennings at LCC, 5 p.m.
Kalida at Columbus Grove (PCL),
5 p.m.
Perry at Lincolnview, 5 p.m.
Continental at Columbus Grove
(PCL), 5 p.m.
Columbus Grove at New Riegel
(DH), 10 a.m.
Kalida and Patrick Henry at Stryker,
11 a.m.
St. John’s at Van Wert (DH), noon
Fort Jennings at LCC, 1 p.m.
Elida at Fort Loramie Invitational
Elida at Houston Invitational, 9 a.m.
Paulding at Ottoville (DH), 11 a.m.
Hicksville at Lincolnview (DH), 11
Kalida and Van Wert at Patrick
Henry, noon
Track and Field
Jefferson, Ottoville, Fort Jennings and
Lincolnview at St. John’s Invitational,
9 a.m.
Columbus Grove at Diller Invitational,
9 a.m.
Elida at Tiffin, 9:30 a.m.
Elida Invitational, 9 a.m.
Weekly Schedule
Cougars’ Paige throw shutout at
VAN WERT — Van Wert’s Tyler
Paige throttled Elida’s baseball team,
throwing a 2-hitter at the Bulldogs in
Friday’s 5-0 Western Buckeye League
victory Friday at Smiley Park.
Paige got enough support as the
Cougars (3-2, 2-0 WBL) compiled eight
hits against Adam Von Sossan (1-3) as
Joey Hurless went 2-for-2 and Kody
Heitz went 2-for-3 (with a double) and
three runs batted in.
Elida (3-6, 1-2 WBL) visits Ottoville 5
p.m. Monday.
Elida 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 - 0 2 2
Van Wert 0 1 0 1 0 3 x - 5 8 2
WP: Tyler Paige; LP: Adam Von
Sossan (1-3). 2B: Kody Heitz (VW).
Williams shuts out Lady ’Dawgs
ELIDA — Morgan Williams scat-
tered three Elida hits as the Van Wert
fast-pitch softball team handed the
Lady Bulldogs a 6-0 Western Buckeye
League loss Friday at Dorothy Edwards
Lindsay Peters (2-3) gave up six
Lady Cougar hits — four of them
doubles — but six walks and a pair of
errors by the defense hurt her effort.
Brooke Fuerst led the Cougars with
a pair of hits, both doubles, and two
runs batted in, as well as two RBIs by
Brittany Bigham (home run) and RBIs
by Williams and Gretchen Klinker (a
double each).
Williams fanned eight and did not
walk a batter, while Peters fanned four.
Elida (2-6, 0-2 WBL) visits
Shawnee 5 p.m. Tuesday.
Van Wert 5 0 0 1 0 0 0 - 6 6 1
Elida 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 - 0 3 2
WP: Morgan Williams; LP: Lindsay
Peters (2-3). 2B: Fuerst 2 (VW), Klinker
(VW), Williams VW), Jenn Eilerman
(EL). HR: Brittany Bigham (VW)>
Racers grab tennis victories
University of Northwestern Ohio tennis
teams grabbed victories Friday in Grand
Rapids, Mich.
The 29th-ranked men (11-9,
2-1 Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic
Conference) slugged Davenport
University 8-1 at MVP, while the 30th-
ranked Lady Racers (12-7, 3-0 WHAC)
shut out Indiana Tech 9-0 at Orchard
The men will battle top-seeded
Aquinas in the WHAC finals (12:30
p.m.) today, while the top-seeded
women take on second-seeded
Davenport at 9 a.m. today.
MEN Doubles:
No. 1: Jeff Brown/Juan Cardenas
(UNOH) 8-2 over Jeff Karasinski/
Victor Roland.
No. 2: Gustavo Rueda/Cassio
Sirimarco (UNOH) 8-4 over Vitaly
Shumilov/Matt Weiden.
No. 3: Alexander Hager/Chris Cash
(UNOH) 8-1 over Tyler Chambers/
Eric Pell.
No. 1: Jeff Brown (UNOH) 6-4,
3-6, 10-7 over Victor Roland.
No. 2: Gustavo Rueda (UNOH)
6-4, 6-4 over Jeff Karasinski.
No. 3: Juan Cardenas (UNOH) 6-2,
6-2 over Vitaly Shumilov.
No. 4: Alexander Hager (UNOH)
6-2, 6-1 over Matt Weiden.
No. 5: Eric Pell (DU) 6-2, 6-4 over
Cassio Sirimarco.
No. 6: Chris Cash (UNOH) 6-1, 7-5
over Tyler Chambers.
No. 1: Jamie Hilborn/Shaleigh
McClintock (UNOH) 8-0 over A.
Martinez/C. Ausler.
No. 2: Andrea Arango/Shaye
Warman (UNOH) 8-3 over J. Groce/M.
No. 3: Jessie Stambaugh/Tara
Carr (UNOH) 8-1 over D. Ledbetter/
No. 1: Jamie Hilborn (UNOH) 6-0,
6-2 over A. Martinez.
No. 2: Andrea Arango (UNOH)
6-4, 7-5 over C. Ausler.
No. 3: Shaleigh McClintock
(UNOH) 6-1, 6-4 over J. Groce.
No. 4: Shaye Warman (UNOH)
6-2, 6-0 over M. Granados.
No. 5: Katie Whittington (UNOH)
6-1, 6- over D. Ledbetter.
No. 6: Tara Carr (UNOH) 6-0, 6-0
over A. Northrup.
The Associated Press
EL SEGUNDO, Calif. —
Phil Jackson showed up for the
first day of his final NBA play-
off run with the Los Angeles
Lakers in a plaid shirt and khaki
shorts, lightly leaning on a walk-
ing stick.
The most successful coach in
league history looked a bit like
a hiker, or maybe a shepherd
— a role Jackson has filled with
unparalleled skill over the past 22
years with the Bulls and Lakers.
Inheriting two teams with enor-
mous talent and no real success,
he patiently nudged and directed
them to greatness with his unique
combination of basketball savvy
and mental manipulation.
But the walking stick subtly
underlined the 65-year-old for-
mer Knicks forward’s nagging
mobility problems, which are
among several reasons he can’t
wait to retire this summer. The
shepherd is leaving the flock and
says there’s nothing the Lakers
can do about it.
“I’m looking forward to
going through this thing and giv-
ing it every bit of energy I have
left until it’s over,” Jackson said.
“My thoughts are about tomor-
row, about practice.”
Jackson clearly has plenty of
energy for the last task on his
career to-do list and his final team
— dominant at times, incom-
petent at others — certainly has
kept him busy. After nearly quit-
ting last summer in the glow
of his 11th NBA title, Jackson
decided he owed Kobe Bryant,
Derek Fisher and their teammates
a chance to finish what they all
started, returning to chase No.
12 and an unprecedented fourth
“He made a decision and
it’s not like we expect him to
change his mind,” said forward
Pau Gasol, whose arrival in 2008
gave Jackson the tools necessary
to build another championship
club. “He knows better than any-
body that he likes to play mind
games with everybody here. I’m
not mad at him for that. I know
he’s here with us now.”
The process continues
Sunday in the Lakers’ playoff
opener against New Orleans.
Los Angeles is the No. 2 seed
in the Western Conference after
finishing with exactly the same
record (57-25) it posted last year
despite a roller-coaster season
featuring everything from a
17-1 post-All-Star break run to a
5-game losing streak that ended
just last week.
Jackson won his 1,155th
career regular-season game —
fifth-most in NBA history — on
Wednesday in Sacramento, the
same day he was fined $75,000
by the NBA for discussing the
potential league lockout’s impor-
tance to his retirement decision.
He never had a losing season or
missed the playoffs while becom-
ing the only coach in league his-
tory to win 70 percent of his
Yet for all his incredible suc-
cess, Jackson realizes he’s a tough
act to emulate for assistant coach
Brian Shaw or whoever replaces
him. The triangle offense, the
heavy psychological component
of his coaching technique, his
unique personal style — none
of it has led to a coaching tree of
assistants spreading his success-
ful approach through the league.
Jackson, who titled his first
autobiography “Maverick,” has
little use for many of the spoils of
his success.
Ring or no ring, Jackson
insists he’s done for good, finally
retreating to Montana and leav-
ing behind the life of constant air
travel, endless media interviews
and millionaire ego massage.
He’ll walk away in typically
idiosyncratic style, leaving a
perennial contender with most
of its key pieces still near their
prime and an organization that
adores him — and is run by
his girlfriend, Lakers’ executive
Jeanie Buss.
The Lakers don’t want him to
go but they can’t exactly say they
didn’t see it coming. Most of his
players still hold out hope he’ll
have another change of heart,
remembering Jackson wrote a
book called “The Last Season”
six seasons ago in 2004 — even
while Jackson explicitly denies
there’s any chance he’ll return.
Yet Jackson apparently still
isn’t sure whether he handled the
final manipulation of his career
in the proper way. He acknowl-
edges he’s felt like “a lame duck”
at times during the season, laugh-
ingly citing Ron Artest as being
less receptive to his coaching —
or his “mind control,” as Artest
calls it.
Hornets stand up for Paul
as playoffs approach: Chris Paul
doesn’t always say what his fans
New Orleans want to hear, particu-
larly when it comes to his future.
Paul has, however, led the
Hornets back to the postseason for
a third time in four seasons and the
4-time All-Star appears intent on
making the best of his latest chance
to build on his legacy as one of the
best to play pro basketball in the
Big Easy.
The seventh-seeded Hornets will
be hard-pressed to oust the 2-time
defending champion Lakers in a
best-of-7 series that gets under way
Sunday afternoon. New Orleans’
best hope of advancing likely rests
on the performance of Paul — the
same player who said last summer
that he’d be open to a trade if the
Hornets failed to demonstrate an
immediate commitment to winning.
Yet, even as Paul has demon-
strated a pattern of saying things
that cast doubt on his future in New
Orleans, his teammates and coaches
say they’ve seen no reason to ques-
tion Paul’s commitment to them.
For the most part, it has been
Paul’s words that have left Big Easy
basketball fans a little uneasy at
Last summer, while in New
York for Carmelo Anthony’s wed-
ding, Paul made a widely reported
toast in which he floated the idea of
himself and Anthony joining Amare
Stoudemire with the Knicks to “form
our own Big Three.” When Anthony
was traded to New York this season,
that left Paul, who can opt out of his
contract after next season, as the last
missing piece.
Then last Tuesday, Paul said the
possibility of one day playing for
Michael Jordan’s Charlotte Bobcats
would be “something to think
about.” The fact that he’s a North
Carolina native who is endorsed by
Jordan’s basketball shoe brand only
added weight to those words.
Shortly after, Paul claimed in
a short Twitter post that his com-
ments were taken out of context but
declined to revisit the matter when
asked about it at the Hornets’ subur-
ban practice center.
Spurs begin playoffs in famil-
iar spot — No. 1: San Antonio hosts
Memphis in Game 1 on Sunday as
the No. 1 seed for the fifth time in the
Tim Duncan era. It’s a 14-year span
that includes four championships and
the highest winning percentage in the
NBA (.700) but the team appeared
on the downside last spring after the
worst season yet.
Six months later, Tony Parker
arrived at training camp predicting
this would be the last shot for the
Spurs. It was a now-or-never decla-
ration that sounded almost brutally
honest at the time.
Now it looks like the Spurs could
have more chances ahead of them.
The Spurs may start the playoffs
without Manu Ginobili, who sprained
his right elbow in Wednesday’s regu-
lar-season finale at Phoenix. The All-
Star is listed as doubtful for Game 1
but tweeted Thursday that the pain
was already almost gone.
It’s one of only a few bumps San
Antonio (61-21) has faced while car-
rying the NBA’s best record until the
final week and posting the third-best
regular season in franchise history.
Nowitzki, aging Mavs face
Aldridge, rising Blazers: There was
a time when Dirk Nowitzki was
a young, rising star, a guy whose
expanding skills were making his
team more of a championship con-
tender every spring.
Now Nowitzki is at the point
in his career where teammates talk
about wanting to help him finally
win a ring. Having been to the NBA
finals and won an MVP award, it’s
the only thing that still drives him.
His Dallas Mavericks will give
it another try starting tonight with
the opener of a first-round series
against the Portland Trail Blazers
and LaMarcus Aldridge — a young,
rising star whose expanding skills
are making his team more of a cham-
pionship contender.
While skeptics say the Mavs are
too old and too flawed to win it
all, Nowitzki’s rebuttal is simply, “I
don’t talk to skeptics.”
Nowitzki knows all about those.
Since blowing a 2-0 lead in the 2006
NBA finals, Dallas has won only a
single playoff series. The Mavs have
been dumped in the first round three
of the last four postseasons, fueling
much of that skepticism. Portland is
the chic pick as the bottom seed most
likely to pull off an upset this round.
The addition of Gerald Wallace at
the trade deadline has really sped
things up.
The Blazers have a nice mix
of young and old. They balance
30-somethings starters Andre Miller
and Marcus Camby with the 28-year-
old Wallace and Aldridge leading a
parade of guys in their fifth season
or less. That group includes Brandon
Roy and Wesley Matthews, who
in his second season is the team’s
second-leading scorer.
They also have lots of size, from
big guards who can muscle up on
Dallas’ backcourt to plenty of long
arms to make things tough closer
to the rim.
Aldridge is the toughest matchup.
The 6-11 power forward averaged
21.8 points and 8.8 rebounds per
game this season, both career bests.
But his improvement went beyond
the numbers. He took on the chal-
lenge of fighting for more points in
the paint, a great way to earn respect
in the NBA. He also thrived in the
role as the team’s focal point, accept-
ing and embracing that challenge.
Aldridge has been especially
tough on Dallas, averaging 27.8
points and 9 rebounds over four
Nuggets confident they can
curtail K-D: The Nuggets defense
improved dramatically after Denver
traded away Carmelo Anthony and
Chauncey Billups to the New York
The Nuggets went from allowing
105.2 points before the trade to yield-
ing just 97.1 afterward while barely
missing a beat — just four-tenths of
a point — offensively minus ’Melo.
They went 18-7 with their
reshaped and rejuvenated roster but
two of those losses came against
Oklahoma City when Thunder All-
Star Kevin Durant torched them
for 60 points and 16 rebounds in a
home-and-home sweep of Denver a
week and a half ago.
So, the Nuggets face one of the
toughest tasks of any team when the
NBA playoffs start this weekend.
Somehow, some way they’ve got
to figure out how to contain, cur-
tail or control the league’s scoring
champion, who averaged 27.7 points
during the regular season.
They’ll throw a bevy of defend-
ers at him, from Danilo Gallinari to
Wilson Chandler, maybe J.R. Smith
and definitely Kenyon Martin.
Durant averaged 33 points and
five boards against Denver with
’Melo and 30 points and eight boards
against the new Nuggets earlier this
Bulls face Pacers, hope for
deep playoff run: Dominant during
the regular season, Derrick Rose and
the Chicago Bulls are in unfamiliar
territory as the playoffs begin.
Expectations are soaring and it’s
not hard to see why. All the Bulls
did was post the best record in the
league at 62-20 and secure home-
court advantage throughout the play-
offs. They meet the Indiana Pacers in
a first-round series starting today and
anything less than a deep run would
be a big disappointment.
The Bulls are heavy favorites
this time after back-to-back 41-win
seasons and first-round playoff exits.
They match their best record since
the 1997-98 season, when Michael
Jordan and Scottie Pippen completed
their second championship 3-peat.
Magic looking to turn things
around against Hawks: If the
Orlando Magic’s 2010-11 season
were likened to a fairy tale, it would
probably be a mix of “The Wizard of
Oz” and “Alice in Wonderland.”
Back in December, the Magic’s
championship journey was detoured
by a massive trade that altered their
roster. Then, in the second half of the
schedule, injuries, inconsistency and
other growing pains left a team that
made the NBA Finals two years ago
feeling like it was trudging through
some strange world.
Tonight, familiarity returns as
Orlando opens the playoffs against
an Atlanta team it swept out of the
Eastern Conference semifinals a year
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Kasey Knippen, left, finished in 3rd place in her age
group in the Ohio State Knights of Columbus free throw
contest held in Columbus. Courtney Von Sossan (hold-
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Burton went into the season-opening
Daytona 500 with a solid shot at
winning NASCAR’s biggest race of
the year.
Then his engine failed 92 laps into
the race, setting in motion a string
of bad luck that’s plagued Burton
through the first two months of
the season. He goes into Talladega
Superspeedway ranked 25th in the
Sprint Cup standings and nothing
close to the title contender team
owner Richard Childress thought
Burton would be this season.
Burton remains undaunted.
“I’m extremely confident that we
can dig ourselves out of the hole and
get ourselves in the position we need
to be in,” Burton said.
Talladega is a good place to get
things moving in the right direction.
Richard Childress Racing swept
the two events at the Alabama track
last season, with Kevin Harvick win-
ning in the spring, then Clint Bowyer
nipping Harvick in the fall. And the
RCR cars have established them-
selves as consistent contenders at
restrictor-plate races, a trend they
continued at Daytona.
Burton won an exhibition race at
Speedweeks leading into the Daytona
500; Bowyer and Harvick were in
contention in every race leading
into the season-opener. Harvick and
Burton both suffered early engine
failures — an extremely rare mis-
fire for RCR — while Bowyer and
Menard stayed in contention for the
win down to the final laps.
Burton expects to be in the mix
Sunday — if he’s not in an accident.
“I feel like we have really fast
restrictor-plate cars. We have had
plenty of speed,” Burton said.
“Unfortunately, I think we have,
maybe in almost every restrictor-
plate race last year, we ended up in
a wreck. But going into Talladega,
what we are thinking about is getting
to the end of the race. We have had
the speed, we have led the laps.
“We have done the things we
needed to do but we just hadn’t fin-
ished races. I think it’s about putting
ourselves in the right position and
getting to the end of the race and
seeing if we can make it happen on
the last lap.”
It could be the turn he needs.
Harvick has rebounded since the
Daytona 500 with two wins and a
climb from 36th to ninth in the stand-
ings. Burton, meanwhile, hasn’t been
able to catch a break.
One mishap after another has
Burton searching for his first top-10
finish of the year seven races into
the season. His 11th last weekend at
Texas was his best finish to date but
he refuses to blame bad luck for his
“What we have to guard against
is looking and saying, ‘Well, we
have had bad luck’,” he added. “That,
to me, is an excuse. That, to me, is
knocking it off and saying, ‘It’s some
other power making us either be suc-
cessful or not successful’ and I just
don’t buy into that.
“I think it rests on our shoulders.
You can certainly have bad luck and
you can certainly have things go a
way that you didn’t want to, but at
the same time, those things equalize
themselves out. It’s been my experi-
ence, whatever bad luck you have,
you also have that much good luck.
So at the end of the day, it’s on our
shoulders to go fix it and I think we
Childress, however, thinks good
finishes have to be headed Burton’s
way. As he celebrated Harvick’s win
earlier this month at Martinsville, a
race where Burton’s Chevrolet suf-
fered damage when he was stacked in
traffic, leading to a 24th-place finish.
“I told Jeff after the race was
over, it will turn,” Childress added.
“He’s having some tough breaks right
now, but it can turn the other way just
as quick and as good as what you’re
going through right now.”
Harvick makes beer delivery:
Kevin Harvick is tuning up for his
next Sprint Cup race at Talladega in
a different sort of vehicle.
Harvick jumped out the passen-
ger side of a Budweiser delivery
truck and rolled a dolly full of beer
into a Wal-Mart here Wednesday as
customers and store workers gawked
at the Sprint Cup star.
It was part of an orchestrated
promotion for Harvick and his new
sponsor. He toured facilities of an
area wholeseller, had a lunchtime
question-and-answer session with
fans and ended by stocking shelves.
“I had a great time today,”
Harvick said.
It is the first year that Harvick’s
RCR team has carried the brand of
Anheuser-Busch’s signature brew.
And so far, it’s been a winning asso-
ciation that Harvick hopes to con-
tinue at Talladega Superspeedway in
Sunday’s Aaron’s 499.
Harvick’s won at California and
Martinsville and, with NASCAR’s
new points system, has just about
locked up a spot in the series end-
of-season championship chase. This
season, NASCAR will give two wild-
card spots to racers with the most
wins who aren’t already in the top
10 qualifiers.
Harvick told the 100-or-so invit-
ed guests that the early success lets
him try things at tracks that may help
during the 10 chase races. Piling up
the points now doesn’t always help,
he said.
“We proved that last year when
we had a 300-point lead and didn’t
win the chase,” he recalled.
Harvick is prepared for the same
old Talladega-type racing, despite the
2-car pods seen at the season’s first
restrictor-plate race in Daytona two
months back.
“You have to play the game,”
Harvick said. “It’s just one, big 200
mph moving chess match.”
After the talk, Harvick got a tour
of Crown Beverages Inc., a whole-
sale operation that ships out 2.4 mil-
lion cases of beer a year. He posed
in front of stacks of shrink-wrapped
Budweiser, pictures he planned to put
out on Twitter.
Harvick visited the area Schipp
Johnston, Crown Beverages’ CEO,
called the facility’s “war room” that
tracked sales and production on sev-
eral flat-screen TVs. There were sev-
eral promotional Budweiser posters
of Harvick and a hood of his No. 29
Chevrolet on the wall.
Then the 35-year-old racer rode
in the big rig adorned with Budweiser
through town to the Wal-Mart. He
pushed the dolly full of beer into
Wal-Mart’s storage area.
Customers stopped and stared as
the Sprint Cup star pushed the dolly
out of the back room and down the
aisle. “Get wide, Kevin,” someone
shouted as he turned into the beer
Harvick began unloading cases
and swapping out older beer for the
just-delivered brew. Wal-Mart work-
ers, other beverage retail representa-
tives and others filled the aisle to
watch the NASCAR standout fill the
display. Harvick continued stacking
until every open space was filled.
“Remember, everything on this
side is contaminated,” Harvick joked,
pointing to the Coors Light and Miller
beer displays.
Harvick plans to return to the
area next month for the Showtime
Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway.
The track “Too Tough To Tame” has
bitten Harvick the past 10 years. He
added his team has done well this
season at raceways they hadn’t in
the past.
Kanaan settling into new
IndyCar ride: Tony Kanaan spent
the offseason pitching himself to
prospective sponsors: 15 open-wheel
wins, an IndyCar Series champion-
ship, a steady 8-year run among the
top six drivers in the standings.
All to no avail.
Kanaan didn’t officially land
a ride until late March, when he
signed with KV Racing Technology
the week of the season opener at St.
Some of those potential employ-
ers who turned him down are prob-
ably wishing they hadn’t now that
the affable Brazilian is third in the
IndyCar points.
He finished third at St. Pete, then
quickly made up ground from a 24th-
place start at the Indy Grand Prix
of Alabama before ending up sixth.
He’s behind only Will Power and
Dario Franchitti in the standings.
“I’ve got to pinch myself some-
times,” said KV Racing co-owner
Jimmy Vasser, a longtime friend of
Kanaan’s. “This is the best start our
team has ever had.”
Teammate Takuma Sato is
Kanaan still feels he’s ironing
out some wrinkles with his new team
but it’s a vast improvement from an
offseason in which Kanaan found
himself in “the most weird situation
I’ve ever been in.”
“I think I was kind of spoiled in
the last 10 years to have a very stable
job and go in the offseason and take
vacations, spend time with my son
and work out, and just really be on
vacation,” he added.
His offseason included going “to
89 meetings having to ask for a spon-
Kanaan, who flashes frequent
smiles at the track, was unem-
ployed and uncertain but not
unhappy. He had son Leonardo
and girlfriend Lauren Bohlander to
help keep his mind off the situation.
Kanaan spent eight seasons with
Andretti Autosport, winning 14 races
for the team. He was cut loose when
7-Eleven opted not to renew its spon-
A deal with Gil de Ferran’s team
fell through. Vasser found out he
could be available on Feb. 20 and the
rest happened fairly quickly.
Kanaan’s new deal includes
sponsorship from Geico, as well as
Brazilian companies.
“When you call a sponsor and
say, ’Hey, we’ve got Tony Kanaan
or think we’ve got Tony Kanaan,’
that’s a game changer,” Vasser said.
The former open-wheel racer said
Kanaan is living up to his reputation
as “one of the best teammates in the
Kanaan and Vasser both said
IndyCar’s move to double-file starts
and restarts helps him take advantage
of his ability to find open spots and
move up quickly. It took him only
four laps to gain 10 spots in Sunday’s
Despite the strong start, Kanaan
doesn’t think his new team is ready to
compete for championships.
He struggled in practice sessions
and qualifying at Barber Motorsports
Park. So if he’s not ready to move
past Power or Franchitti, he still has
perspective born of a tough offsea-
42 cars, 4 past winners line up
for Indy 500: Four Indianapolis 500
winners will try to qualify for this
year’s race.
There are 35 driver-car combina-
tions listed among the entrants for
the race’s centennial celebration. The
83-car list is the highest total since
Past winners trying to make this
year’s traditional 33-car field are
3-time winner Helio Castroneves,
2-time winner and defending champ
Dario Franchitti and former series
points champs Scott Dixon and Dan
The first woman to ever lead the
race, Danica Patrick, is one of three
women hoping to qualify. Five rook-
ies also will attempt to make the field;
18 of the 35 drivers have won at least
one victory in open-wheel racing.
The race is scheduled for May
France’s Ogier leads Jordan
Rally after 1st day: Sebastien Ogier
of France cruised into the lead at the
end of the first day of the Jordan
The Citroen driver will be first on
the road today with a lead of 31.6 sec-
onds after finishing Friday in 1 hour,
32 minutes, 53.4 seconds. Defending
world champion and teammate
Sebastien Loeb was second.
Ford driver Jari-Matti Latvala of
Finland was third, 1.5 seconds behind
Petter Solberg of Norway was
35.3 seconds behind the leader.
Mikko Hirvonen of Finland was
fifth after a power steering failure and
rear bumper damage.
Loeb slowed on the second run-
ning of the Jordan River route by
approximately 10 seconds so he
would not go first today.
Ferrari president puts doubt on
team’s F1 future: Ferrari president
Luca di Montezemolo has threatened
to withdraw Formula One’s biggest
team from the circuit unless the sport
changes direction.
Di Montezemolo says in an
interview with German magazine
AutoBild that the sport had become
“too artificial,” saying “a steering
wheel is now a computer covered
in buttons and the fans no longer
FIA is intent on using 4-cylinder
engines from 2013, something alien
to Ferrari’s race team and road cars.
Di Montezemolo says Ferrari will
stay in Formula One “so long as the
sport gives us back something for the
development of technology of our
production cars. Otherwise not.”
Vettel fastest in Chinese GP
practice: Red Bull driver Sebastian
Vettel set the fastest time in Friday’s
practice for the Chinese Grand Prix,
further indicating the Formula One
championship leader will be the man
to beat this weekend.
Vettel’s best time was almost
0.2 seconds faster than McLaren’s
Lewis Hamilton, who in turn was 0.1
second faster than teammate Jenson
Button in an afternoon practice ses-
sion that was shrouded in Shanghai
Vettel is trying to become the
first since Michael Schumacher in
2004 to win the opening three races
of a season.
The Mercedes pair of Nico
Rosberg and Michael Schumacher
were fourth and fifth, respectively,
in a performance which will give
encouragement to a team that has had
a difficult start to the season.
Schumacher said Friday’s prac-
tice was “clearly an improvement”
over that of previous races.
Ferrari’s Felipe Massa clocked
the sixth-best time and Force India’s
Adrian Sutil was seventh ahead of the
Renault pair of Nick Heidfeld — who
spun into fences in both practice ses-
sions — and Vitaly Petrov.
Red Bull’s Mark Webber was
second-fastest in morning practice
but down to 10th in the afternoon. He
experienced problems with his low
fuel-soft tire run but was happy with
the high-fuel setting.
Webber said the car was reli-
able, yet the team would wait until it
assesses the data Friday night before
deciding whether to use the KERS
power-boost system in today’s quali-
fying and Sunday’s race. They didn’t
use it in Australia and it was unreli-
able in Malaysia.
Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso was
14th fastest after missing much of the
afternoon with a hydraulic problem;
when he returned, he again had to do
without the adjustable rear wing — a
problem that also struck at Sepang.
Hamilton complained of rapid
degradation of his tires — a problem
that dropped him from second to an
eventual eighth place over the second
half of the race at Sepang.
Among the drivers to experience
problems Friday was Hispania’s
Vitantonio Liuzzi, who could only
complete a single late lap in the
afternoon due to a software corrup-
tion problem in the car’s computer
Virgin’s Timo Glock took little
part in the afternoon with an unspeci-
fied problem, while Force India’s
Paul Di Resta did not participate at
all in the second session due to a fuel
pressure issue.
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Indians 8, Orioles 2
Masterson has simply been doing
what he’s been told.
So far, the results have made
him unbeatable.
Masterson pitched seven
strong innings for his third
straight win, Asdrubal Cabrera
had four RBIs and the surprising
Cleveland Indians kept the AL
Central standings flipped upside
down with an 8-2 win over the
Baltimore Orioles on Friday
Masterson (3-0), who allowed
just one run and four singles,
went 6-13 last season. He didn’t
get his third win until July 1 — in
his 16th start.
Travis Hafner homered for
Cleveland, which entered the
series tied for first with Kansas
City. Last season, the Indians
finished fourth in the division,
two games ahead of the last-place
Cabrera’s 2-run single high-
lighted Cleveland’s 4-run third
inning off rookie Zach Britton
(2-1), who gave up five runs
and eight hits in six innings. Six
of those hits came in a row dur-
ing the third when the Indians
got a triple and five consecutive
The Orioles have lost five
straight since a stunning 6-1
At 9-4, Cleveland is off to its
best start since 2002.
After struggling for most of
2010, Masterson began to show
signs of becoming a dependable
starter in the final two months.
The 6-6 right-hander has car-
ried that over into this season
with three solid starts and wins
over Chicago, Seattle and now
Masterson, who got 12 of
his 21 outs on grounders, credits
slight changes with his mechanics
in making him a different pitcher
this season. Also, an emphasis on
throwing his first pitch over the
plate; he threw first-pitch strikes
to 20 out of 26 hitters.
The Indians were hoping to
build on a 4-2 trip to Seattle and
Los Angeles and they’re off to a
good start by winning their fifth
straight at home.
Cabrera added another 2-run
single in the seventh, when
Cleveland blew it open against
Baltimore’s bullpen.
Britton won his first two
starts, allowing just one run in his
first 13 2/3 innings to beat Tampa
Bay and Texas.
Britton’s sinker ran away
from Cleveland’s hitters in the
first two innings but the bottom
of the order figured out how to hit
him in the third, when the Indians
opened a 4-0 lead with six con-
secutive hits and a sacrifice fly.
Matt LaPorta, not exactly
known for his speed on the base-
paths, stretched what looked like
a double off the left-field wall
into a leadoff triple. Lou Marson,
starting in place of slumping
catcher Carlos Santana, followed
with an RBI single and two more
singles loaded the bases before
Cabrera grounded a two-run sin-
gle to center.
Hafner’s sacrifice fly made it
4-0 and Britton only avoided more
damage when the Orioles suc-
cessfully appealed that Cabrera
left second too early.
Masterson roared through
Baltimore’s lineup the first time.
He retired nine in a row before
Brian Roberts singled to open
the fourth, when the Orioles got
a 2-out RBI single from Luke
NOTES: Indians OF Grady
Sizemore worked out with the
club Friday and is expected to
remain in Cleveland for at least
one more day as he gets closer
to rejoining the club after miss-
ing most of last season following
knee surgery. ... Indians RHP
Joe Smith (abdominal strain) was
activated before the game and
made his season debut in the
ninth, giving up one run.
Pirates 6, Reds 1
Arroyo felt better than he had
in a long time. The Pirates still
worked him over pretty good.
Garrett Jones and Neil Walker
homered off Arroyo, who gave
up a season-high five runs in
only four innings, and Pittsburgh
pulled away to a 6-1 victory
on Friday night behind Charlie
Morton’s complete game.
Arroyo (2-1) gave up only
three earned runs in his first two
starts, when he acknowledged he
was still feeling the effects of
mononucleosis. His strength was
back a little more on Friday but
his control was gone.
Extreme wind gusts sent food
wrappers racing across the field
and played havoc with fly balls
— one of Cincinnati’s wind-
blown flies landed for a hit. No
problem for Morton (2-0), who
kept his shutout until Jay Bruce
homered with two outs in the
ninth. His only other complete
game was a shutout against the
Cubs on Sept. 30, 2009.
The NL’s most prolific
offense managed only five hits
off Morton, who threw 81 strikes
out of 110 pitches.
Jose Tabata had a career-high
four hits for the Pirates. Garrett
Jones led off the second inning
with a homer.
Lyle Overbay singled home a
run in the fourth with two outs.
Neil Walker followed with a
2-run homer on a 2-strike pitch
for a 5-0 lead.
Morton struck out three and
got 15 outs on ground balls.
The Reds were missing sec-
ond baseman Brandon Phillips,
sidelined by a strained groin he
suffered in the last game.
NOTES: Reds LH reliev-
er Aroldis Chapman will get a
couple days off to rest a tender
pitching elbow. Manager Dusty
Baker said doctors don’t think it’s
anything serious. ... RH Johnny
Cueto will make his first rehab
start for Triple-A Louisville, RH
Homer Bailey his first there a
day later. Both opened the season
on the DL with shoulder prob-
lems. ... After the game, the Reds
announced that Mike Leake will
start against the Pirates today in
place of Edinson Volquez, who
has a stiff neck and will be pushed
back one day.
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DELPHOS — Prior to
1955, the French occupied
the southern portion of,
what is now, Vietnam after
France conquered the ter-
ritory in the 1800s. In the
1920s, the French built an
airport outside Saigon at
Tan Son Nhut. The facility
would be heavily used by
American and Republic of
Vietnam air forces during
the war effort there in the
In-country just shy of a
full tour, Jerry Mericle, 65,
spent his time tucked away
in a concrete block build-
ing with no windows as a
member of a secretive secu-
rity agency. To this day, he
doesn’t know the full story
of why he was there.
“I had a 19-week teletype
repair course at the Signal
Corps School at Fort Gordon
in Augusta, Georgia. I knew
nothing about teletypes and
I don’t know why they put
me in the course. I just went
to class every day and it was
boring, really, but they had
drafted me into the Army
Security Agency. After the
course, I didn’t get orders
right away. I was on, what
they called, a hold-over and
looking back, I can see why
— they had to do back-
ground checks. I got let-
ters from my mom and dad
saying guys had been here
asking a lot of questions and
talking to people around the
neighborhood. A lot of the
guys taking the course want-
ed to know how I got into it
as a draftee when some of
them had to enlist for three
or even four years to get it. I
had no idea — they did it to
me, he recalled.
“In Vietnam, we were
kind of secretive. They
called it the 509th Radio
Research Group. We were
in a cement block building
with no windows and they
didn’t even want people to
know what we did there. It
was a normal job that we
walked to from our com-
The group was the
Army’s primary security
agency in the Republic of
Vietnam from 1966-1973,
when it disbanded. It had
been created to command
subordinate radio research
units that monitored intel-
Mericle said his job
wasn’t too exciting but there
were a few raids against the
base while he was there.
“Three times, the enemy
tried to blow up the air strip
during the night. Our lit-
tle compound had an 8- or
9-foot wooden fence around
it and we couldn’t even see
out. We slept in hooches
with walls made of sand-
bags between them and
anytime that happened, we
had to go in there and take
cover. They didn’t issue us
any weapons; they were all
locked up in a centralized
building, so I guess they
didn’t figure we’d ever need
them,” he said.
Mericle stayed on post
much of the time, but he
did go to downtown Saigon,
which sought to make
money from American sol-
diers taking a break from
combat ops.
“There was a bar for about
every state in the union; there
was the Ohio Bar, the Texas
Bar and others. There were
a bunch of them and there
was a lot of prostitution. It
was pretty wild; guys would
come from the outposts for
three days of R&R and it
got wild but I stayed out of
trouble,” he said.
Mericle came home and
was discharged in August
1967. He reflects with grati-
tude for the opportunity to
serve his country and con-
vert from boyhood to man-
“It made a man out of
me. I had been working at
Delpha Chevrolet when I
was drafted and went back
to work there when I came
home. The service manag-
er looked at me one day
and said ‘boy, you’ve sure
changed’,” he concluded.
Mericle and his wife,
Nancy, have been wed for
42 years and raised their
daughter Jennifer together.
Mericle: Security work not so electrifying
Jerry Mericle reflects on his years in the armed service.
Jerry Mericle took cover behind sandbags when his base outside Saigon was raided
by enemy planes. Mericle remembers his time with the 509th Radio Research Group.
Mericle during training.
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Country Ranch
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1 acre lot.

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4893 Dixie Hwy, Lima

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Tomorrow’s Horoscope
By Bernice Bede Osol
Sunday, April 7, 2011
Chance could play a role in
channeling and tailoring your
objectives in the near future. You’ll
like the patterns it’ll cut, but sewing
everything together might be much
more difficult than you thought. Get
help whenever needed.
ARIES (March 21-April 19) --
It might be hard for you to do, but if
you’re smart you’ll take yourself off
the hook and let others make a chancy
decision, which, if things go south,
could incite havoc. Be prepared for
the worst.
TAURUS (April 20-May 20) --
Guard against making things more
difficult for yourself through over-
analysis. Don’t let an easy objective
become a problem to complete.
GEMINI (May 21-June 20) --
Becoming too closely involved with
a difficult person who always wants
to dominate events will cause some
unnecessary problems that you don’t
need. Keep yourself aloof.
CANCER (June 21-July 22) --
Taking it upon yourself to make some
kind of major change that affects
your home life without having an
agreement with your mate will turn
out to be a big mistake. You’re asking
for trouble.
LEO (July 23-Aug. 22) -- If
you have been unduly critical of
your associates, don’t be shocked
to find out you’re not insulated
from everybody else’s barbs.
Unfortunately, you’ll get back what
you give.
VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) --
Be on your toes and very alert when
it comes to commercial affairs. You
might think you’re protected from
problems, but it could be the other
guy who has all the protection, not
LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23) -- Be
prepared to make some concessions
when negotiating a vital issue. If you
refuse to make any compromises at
all, agreements won’t be reached and
you won’t get a thing.
SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 22)
-- Continuing to neglect a significant
matter is an unwise policy. The
longer you allow a problem to linger,
the more difficult it will be to handle
down the line.
21) -- Independence is an enviable
asset, but if you abuse it by carrying
things to extremes, the majority of
your friends will simply go off and
leave you standing all on your own.
CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan.
19) -- Any kind of poor behavior on
your part, no matter how slight, will
be exaggerated by your peers. Be
extremely careful not to do anything
that causes others to talk.
AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 19)
-- Be exceptionally careful what you
say to a sensitive person. Even if
you unwittingly say or do something
wrong, no matter how slight, it could
cause you to lose the support you
PISCES (Feb. 20-March 20)
-- Don’t allow yourself to be drawn
into a friend’s complicated financial
affairs, because it could end up
costing you as well. Don’t butt in
where you don’t belong.
Monday, April 18, 2011
Devote as much effort and energy
as possible to any endeavor in the year
ahead that promises to produce long-
term benefits as opposed to frivolous
activities that offer only meager
returns. Make this year count.
ARIES (March 21-April 19) --
If you’re smart, you’ll keep yourself
in the background as much as
possible, where you can quietly have
a slow burn should something annoy
you. You should avoid lashing out at
TAURUS (April 20-May 20)
-- Regardless of how angry you get
over a thoughtless, abrasive comment
made by another, criticizing this
person in front of others will only
make you look bad. Keep your head
and your cool.
GEMINI (May 21-June 20) -- It
behooves you to appease your friends
and adjust your social preferences to
the will of the majority. You will get
to do what you want at another time.
CANCER (June 21-July 22)
-- Instead of envying others and
getting yourself upset, you’ll be more
content and a lot happier if you use
your jealousy to motivate you into
going after something big.
LEO (July 23-Aug. 22) -- Be
careful not to inject a volatile issue
into a conversation with friends.
You’ll provoke a reaction, all right,
but it is likely open Pandora’s box.
VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) --
Strive to be practical, prudent and
patient in all of your financial affairs.
If you must access your resources, be
sure it is for something that you truly
LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23) -- You
won’t like being around people who
are overly assertive and dictatorial,
so avoid these types and don’t place
yourself in a position where you feel
obligated to bend to someone’s will.
SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 22) --
If something you want to do means
confronting difficult impediments,
carefully plan your procedures well
in advance in order to limit the
obstacles as much as possible.
21) -- There is nothing wrong with
joining a group of acquaintances,
as long as they are not people with
whom you suspect you wouldn’t
want to be identified. Otherwise, take
a pass on the action.
CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan.
19) -- Guard against making any
snap judgment calls, especially
concerning important career matters.
If your faculties aren’t too sharp, you
could make a major mistake.
AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 19)
-- Regardless of what you think about
other people’s ideas, don’t voice your
thoughts out loud if you want to get
along with colleagues. Say only
complimentary words.
PISCES (Feb. 20-March
20) -- Don’t hesitate to put a stop
to someone who tries to manage
an arrangement in which you’re
involved, if you see that this person
is inadequate and lacks the needed
expertise. Protect your neck.
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Answers to Friday’s questions:
There are 17 decks on the Queen Mary 2, of which 13 are
dedicated to passengers.
In the comics, the name of Casper the Friendly Ghost’s
galloping ghost horse is Nightmare.
Today’s questions:
Which is the most dangerous outdoor sport, according to
a U.S. government study?
What skilled craftsmen were called upon to reconstruct
shredded documents found in the U.S. Embassy in Tehran
after its 1979 takeover by Iranian militants?
Answers in Monday’s Herald.
Today’s words:
Axiopisty: the quality which makes something believ-
Halieutics: fishing
Saturday, April 16, 2011 The Herald — 11
Stacy Taff photo
Dog trainer Diane Laratta demonstrates obedience tricks with her French Bulldog,
(Continued from page 1)
here, I told him, you have to
train your own dog.”
Laratta says few owners
realize how much work goes
into training a dog.
“So many people attempt
to train their dogs at home but
don’t realize they’re doing it
incorrectly. Then they end up
finding their dogs are only
obedient at home. Every dog
should be obedience-trained,”
she said. “It’s important to
learn the correct way so you
don’t end up doing more
harm than good. One of my
mentors actually told me that
if I wanted to do this, I had to
be a people person because
I’m going to be training the
people, not the dogs. That’s
the most difficult part of it.
It’s so frustrating when you
get people in here who don’t
want to put the work in and
end up blaming the dog and
calling it stupid.”
On the flipside, Laratta
says the best part of the
job is watching the bond
blossom between dogs and
“My favorite thing is
watching a dog progress into
a wonderful companion and
watching its owner train and
begin to understand the dog,”
she said. “When graduation
rolls around, it’s just pure joy
knowing that person will take
that dog home and it will stay
there in that home for the rest
of its life.”
Submitted photos
Eight-year-old Grace Fischbach and her grandmother, Karen Cramer, cut the fabric
for her First Communion dress.
Grace Fischbach sews a side seam on her dress.
(Continued from page 1)
wouldn’t mind if mom made
her another — in a different
The veil and shoes were
a different story. No veil or
circlet of any kind — only
ribbon and flowers.
“She didn’t even want
that,” Julie said.
And the shoes? This is
mom said a parent picks their
“We settled on white Keds
tennis shoes,” Julie said.
Mom knows she could
have made Grace wear dif-
ferent shoes but decided the
nature of the event was more
important than the attire.
“When it comes to some-
thing like this, I want her
focus to be on Christ, not her
itchy dress or her shoes that
don’t feel good or the piece
of hardware on her head,”
Julie said. “First Communion
is a time to celebrate and
nobody wants to smile and
enjoy if they’re uncomfort-
able. She’s a tomboy and I
love her that way — the way
God made her.”
Grace enjoys spending
her days outdoors or with
her guinea pig Snuggles and
cat Hissy. She also likes
to pal around with her big
brothers, Allen, 16, and
Isaac, 12. Her father is
Kenny Fischbach.
Associated Press
TRIPOLI, Libya (AP) —
Moammar Gadhafi’s troops
launched a powerful assault
with tanks and rockets Friday
on Misrata, the last major
rebel city in western Libya,
sending residents fleeing to
increasingly crowded safe
areas of the city that are still
out of the Libyan leader’s
reach, witnesses said.
Misrata has become
emblematic of the limits of
NATO’s air campaign, with
the alliance’s top military
commander saying he needs
more precision attack aircraft
to avoid civilian casualties
in urban combat. President
Barack Obama acknowl-
edged in an interview that
the two-month-old civil war
has reached a stalemate.
After a weeklong flurry
of high-level diplomatic
meetings in Europe and the
Middle East, rebel leaders
complained that the interna-
tional community is not doing
enough to keep Gadhafi’s
troops at bay. In the capi-
tal of Tripoli, a government
official denied Libyan troops
are shelling Misrata and said
they are only taking defen-
sive actions.
Friday’s fighting in
Misrata — even as a NATO
foreign ministers meeting in
Berlin debated handling of
the Libya air campaign —
highlight rebel worries that
international intervention
won’t come fast enough or
will be ineffective.
“Time is critical, especial-
ly for the people in the west
part of the country, especial-
ly in Misrata,” said Mustafa
Gheriani, a spokesman for the
rebels who seized much of
eastern Libya from Gadhafi
at the start of the war. “Is
there something else on the
diplomatic ground that they
know that we don’t to put
more pressure on Gadhafi?
The guy is still shelling and
killing and it makes no dif-
ference to him.”
Rights groups have
warned that the situation in
Misrata, Libya’s third-largest
city, is dire after 50 days of
siege by Gadhafi’s troops.
Hospitals are unable to cope
with growing numbers of
casualties, including many
shrapnel injuries.
Rebels in Misrata alleged
that Gadhafi’s forces have
been using cluster bombs,
which pose particular risk to
civilians because they scat-
ter small bomblets over a
wide area. New York-based
Human Rights Watch report-
ed Friday that such muni-
tions were used, saying its
researchers inspected rem-
nants and interviewed wit-
Libyan government
spokesman Moussa Ibrahim
denied the use of cluster
bombs. “Absolutely not,” he
said when asked about the
allegations. “We can never
do this. We challenge them
to prove it.”
U.S. Secretary of State
Hillary Rodham Clinton
said she was unaware of the
reports about the use of clus-
ter bombs.
“I have to say I am not sur-
prised at anything that Col.
Gadhafi and his forces do,
but that is worrying informa-
tion and it is one of the rea-
sons why the fight in Misrata
is so difficult,” Clinton said.
“It is at close quarters, it is
in amongst urban areas and
it poses a lot of challenges
to both NATO and to the
An international aid group
evacuated nearly 1,200
migrant workers from Misrata
by boat Friday, saying nearly
all were weak, were suffering
from dehydration and needed
medical attention.
The migrants are among
8,300 foreign laborers
stranded near Misrata’s port
without shelter or adequate
food and water, and the boat
will quickly make a second
run to rescue more, said the
International Organization
for Migration.
Germay Haslan, an IOM
coordinator, said he heard the
sound of shelling and mortar
fire while the ship was in
In Friday’s assault, a heli-
copter circled over Misrata
for several hours, apparently
spotting targets for artillery.
Pro-Gadhafi forces bombard-
ed the city with fire from
tanks, artillery and rockets, a
resident said.
“We’ve been hearing
explosions all day,” said the
resident, who spoke on con-
dition he be identified only
by his given name, Abdel-
Salam, for fear of retaliation.
Abdel-Salam said the shell-
ing continued until nightfall,
portraying the assault as the
heaviest since the start of the
Gadhafi’s men are in
control of the city center,
while the rebels are cling-
ing to positions in the port
area. Al-Jazeera satellite TV
showed video of two armored
vehicles parked in a debris-
filled street of Misrata.
Gadhafi loyalists have
been firing randomly from
their positions in the city,
forcing people to leave their
homes, said a city resident.
Once a building is empty, it
is being taken over by gov-
ernment troops, said the resi-
dent, who spoke on condi-
tion of anonymity for fear of
retribution. He said govern-
ment troops have also tar-
geted groups of civilians in
the streets, including people
standing in line outside a
Gadhafi forces attack
rebel city of Mistra
Associated Press
BEIRUT — Tens of thou-
sands of protesters shouting
“We want freedom!” made
a bold march on the Syrian
capital Friday, but security
forces beat them back with
tear gas and batons as the
country’s monthlong upris-
ing swelled to the largest and
most widespread gatherings
to date, witnesses and activ-
ists said.
The violence outside of
Damascus was the only major
unrest reported during pro-
tests in several Syrian cities
Friday, with security forces
generally watching from the
sidelines instead of cracking
down. The change suggests
President Bashar Assad may
be trying to minimize deaths
that have served to further
outrage and mobilize the
More than 200 people
have been killed in the gov-
ernment crackdown in the
past four weeks, according
to Syria’s main pro-democ-
racy group. There were no
reports of live ammunition
fired directly at protesters
The protests have forced
Assad to reach out to local
leaders and offer concessions
— highly unusual steps for
an authoritarian leader who
keeps a tight grip on power
with a small coterie of family
and advisers. But the wave
of demonstrations are pos-
ing the biggest challenge in
decades to the Assad fam-
ily’s iron rule.
“The street demands are
much more advanced than
what the president is offer-
ing,” said Mazen Darwish,
a prominent Syrian writer
and activist in Damascus.
“The meetings with locals is
a good sign, but it shows he
is still dealing with the situ-
ation on a narrow, regional
level as opposed to a national
He said Friday’s protests
appeared to be the biggest
and most widespread so far,
with well over 100,000 turn-
ing out. It was impossible
to independently verify the
accounts by witnesses and
activists in Syria because the
government has placed tight
restrictions on media cov-
erage, preventing access to
trouble spots and expelling
The protesters have been
increasing their demands
every Friday, the main day
for demonstrations across the
Arab world.
Many of the protesters are
now chanting for the down-
fall of the Assad regime,
taking their cues from the
revolutions that drove out the
leaders in Egypt and Tunisia.
But the key rallying cry has
been an end to the decades-
old emergency laws, which
give the regime a free hand
to arrest people without
charge and extend the ruling
party’s authority into nearly
every aspect of Syrian life.
The result is a nation ruled
by fear of getting thrown
into prison for showing even
a hint of dissent — a bar-
rier that now appears to have
been largely broken.
The largest protest Friday
was in the Damascus suburb
of Douma, where witnesses
said 100,000 people marched
toward central Damascus. It
was a bold move by a protest
movement that has mostly
stayed outside Damascus so
The marchers shouted for
freedom and clutched yellow
cards — which they said was
a soccer-inspired warning to
the regime.
“This is our first warn-
ing. Next time, we will come
with the red cards,” said one
protester who spoke to The
Associated Press by tele-
phone. He said security forc-
es used heavy tear gas and
batons in a frantic attempt
to stop the march. He asked
that his name not be used
because of fears for his per-
sonal safety.
Another protest was held
in Daraa, the southern city
that has become the epi-
center of the protest move-
ment. Witnesses said at least
20,000 were protesting in
Daraa. There was no imme-
diate sign of army and secu-
rity services in Daraa — a
stark change from previous
weeks, when Syrian forces
fired tear gas and bullets at
the protesters.
Other, smaller protests
were held in the northern
city of Aleppo as well as
Deir ez-Zor, Hama, Homs
and Latakia.
For the first time, Syrian
television Friday showed
video of protests in several
cities — a sign that state-
run TV cannot simply ignore
the growing demonstrations.
It also gave the regime a
chance to offer its own ver-
sion of events.
The Syrian TV report pre-
sented a far less dire picture,
saying about 300 people pro-
tested in the port city of
Latakia. It said the march in
Douma attracted more than
300 people marched carrying
white flags and calling for
freedom and reform. There
was no mention of an attack
by security forces.
In central Damascus, hun-
dred of regime supporters
marched near the historic
Umayyad mosque, carrying
pictures of Assad and chant-
ing: “Our souls, our blood we
sacrifice for you, Bashar.”
Syria’s government and
state-run media have sought
to cast the unrest as a for-
eign conspiracy perpetrated
by armed gangs targeting
security forces and civilians.
Reform activists, however,
say their movement is peace-
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